I recently had the opportunity to evaluate Twinmotion 2016 (https://twinmotion.abvent.com/en/) and to compare it to Lumion 6.5.1 (https://lumion3d.com/). Micrographics is the sole agent for Lumion in Africa, but I have tried my best to remain as objective as possible.

We run a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 M on my work laptop and I get great real-time quality rendering and quick detailed renders from Lumion.


Twinmotion does not run with it at all (grey screen).


Strangely enough I get some operational functionality (terrible visuals) achieved using on-board graphics!


What I discovered it that one needs at least an NVIDIA GTX 770 to run Twinmotion! At least on my laptop it seems Lumion is the only option. Luckily we had a performance PC lying around with an NVIDIA GTX 970, and I managed to run Twinmotion on it without any issues.   4

Both are operated along the same lines (like a first person shooter game) and both are easy to learn (1 day).

BUT Lumion has many advantages:

  • has much more and better quality content
  • has better artistic effects, lighting, water, sky and clouds
  • renders faster and with better realism
  • renders panoramically and in Virtual Reality through MyLumion (https://lumion3d.com/mylumion.html)
  • has a viewer for client meetings
  • Although it is not possible to state that cheaper is hardware required without extensive testing against multiple types of hardware and models, my laptop does seem to bear this out.
  • supported in 17 languages
  • great tutorials online

In conclusion: if it was my money I would invest in Lumion.