Silhouette Cameo VS. Portrait

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Posted 11/16/2012 by momscone in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 164,528
August 2004
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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:20:49 PM
I love all that you can do with the Silhouette and love the fact that no cartridges are needed and was wondering for those that own one if you'd consider the new Portrait or if you like the 12" capacity. I think that is the only difference other than it's smaller and lighter than the Cameo. Thank you for your opinions....


PeaNut 444,275
November 2009
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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:26:52 PM
The only difference is that one cuts 12" wide and the other cuts 8" wide. I have a Cameo and I like being able to cut large backgrounds when I want to. It's really a personal choice.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:33:42 PM
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PeaNut 220,508
August 2005
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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:36:57 PM
Go for the cameo. You can always use smaller paper.

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PeaNut 423,804
May 2009
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Posted: 11/16/2012 2:52:07 PM
i had the wishblade which is similar to the original silhouette and now i have the cameo and i love it! i love not having to cut down my paper and i really love cutting a wider vinyl and not having to piece things together.


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July 2011
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Posted: 11/16/2012 3:03:43 PM
The Cameo has more features than the portrait like Print and cut. You have more options with the Cameo, you can use 12 x 12 or smaller.



PeaNut 550,871
April 2012
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Posted: 11/16/2012 3:07:22 PM
I just bought the cameo and absolutely love it!!!! I had a cricut and this is soooo much better. Whichever you decide...enjoy!


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Posted: 11/16/2012 6:20:30 PM
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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:26:41 PM
Cariad, I'm pretty sure you can still do p&c with the portrait. After all, it's not like the cameo is printing. Only cutting based in registration marks, and there's no reason the portrait can't do that.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:30:21 PM
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PeaNut 530,208
November 2011
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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:41:06 PM
I just got my cameo 2 weeks ago and love it I was tossing up between the 2 but I'm really happy I went with the 12x12. Oh and by the way, The cameo isn't very heavy at all either would be great though!
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November 2011
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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:45:00 PM
I used to own the silhouette SD, but wanted the ability to cut out larger sized designs; so I bought the cameo. I have not regretted it one bit. Go with the cameo!

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PeaNut 93,695
July 2003
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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:17:40 PM
I'm considering the Cameo. I am keeping my Baby Bug, so it will be nice to have the option to do the larger sizes. (I don't have an Expression.)

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PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 11/17/2012 2:00:34 PM
Go for the Cameo. I had the SD and didn't think I needed the larger cutting size, but with all the hype over the Cameo last year, I jumped in with two feet, sold my SD and bought the Cameo. I have never looked back. I love not being restricted to the smaller cutting size. But then again, I create 12x12 pages so having the 12" capacity is something that I DO tend to use more than I ever thought I would!

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PeaNut 590,954
July 2013
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Posted: 11/15/2013 11:10:34 AM
I went with the Portrait only because I do not do 12 X 12.

I love it. If you do 12X12, you might regret not having the bigger size.

And yes, it will cut printed files just like the cameo.

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PeaNut 180,263
December 2004
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Posted: 11/15/2013 12:27:01 PM

The Cameo has more features than the portrait like Print and cut
The Portrait also does the P&C. The Cameo might have the SD slot, I am not sure BUT the P does not. I have the P and I love it. I don't know that there have been many times, if at all, that I have regretted having the smaller cutting base. I can still cut 8.5 X 11. I can cut that base up and hide cut lines under photos or other papers and it looks larger. I have the CE and don't think I EVER used the 12X12 size.

You just have to know how you scrap and would there ever be a time where you need 12X12.

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Posted: 11/15/2013 1:47:22 PM
It all depends on how you scrap. I don't scrap anything where the 12x12 makes any difference. I love my cute Portrait bag and how portable the machine is. It doesn't take up much room either. The SD card isn't a big deal for me. I would be taking my laptop anyway. Think it thru and decide what would be important for you. Either way you will love it.

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PeaNut 465,906
April 2010
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Posted: 11/15/2013 6:08:55 PM
Go big or go home!

The real differences are: the Cameo has a slot for a SD card, the Portrait does not. The Cameo can cut 12" wide and up to 24" long. The Portrait cuts 8 1/2" x 11".

Both do print and cut, both cut intricate images, both use the same software.

Even though I scrap 12x12, I went with the Cameo because I can make larger favor/gift boxes and decorations. I use it a lot for those features. Right now, I'm cutting huge football fields out for DS's football banquet, frames for the boys' photos, and big letters. With the smaller images, I still use the 12x24" mat because I don't have to change out the mats as often.

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PeaNut 487,485
November 2010
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Posted: 11/15/2013 7:39:28 PM
I had the baby bug and was perfectly happy with it, never regretted not having the expression...therefore I went with the portrait and am perfectly happy with it. I dont normally cut 12x12 backgrounds, so Ive had no issues.



PeaNut 446,722
November 2009
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Posted: 11/15/2013 9:38:34 PM
same as the post above me. I've never needed 12 by 12 backgrounds with my Cricut and am happy with my (less expensive) Portrait.
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