Create a GIF with the Giphy Cam App

Screenshots of Giphy Cam for iOS

There's no shortage of GIF maker apps and online GIF tools out there, that's for sure. But if you're already a big fan of using GIFs and you already know about Giphy—the Internet's main GIF search engine—then you'll want to know about their fun new GIF app that was recently released too. It's called Giphy Cam.

Create a GIF with Giphy Cam

Giphy Cam lets you create a GIF by accessing the camera on your phone so you can add a few fun animation effects with a few taps and then easily share it across social media in as little as a few seconds. It's ridiculously simple (and addictive) to use, but I'll give you a short rundown of the main features of the app anyway.

Once you've downloaded the app from the iTunes App Store, the app will ask for your permission to use your camera. If you're fine with that, tap "OK" to see the main camera screen of the app.

Now you get to create your first GIF! It's ridiculously easy. Here's how to do it:

  1. Use the camera with arrows icon in the top right corner of the screen to switch the view between your front-facing or back-facing camera. 
  2. Choose any filter or effect you want in your GIF from the thumbnails below.There are four different collections that you can browse through by swiping left or right on them. Tap any effect to automatically activate it in your camera viewer. 
  3. You can tap the big red button once to take a quick burst of five photos that will be arranged to create your GIF, or alternatively hold the red button down to record a short looping GIF
  4. When you're done, the camera viewer will play your GIF preview for you to see. You'll be able to save your GIF to your camera roll (by tapping SAVE YA GIF), share it via text message / Facebook Messenger / Twitter / Instagram / email, share or save it using another app, or alternatively start all over and redo the GIF altogether.

If you decide to save your GIF to your camera roll, you won't be able to view it full animated until you send or post it somewhere the supports GIF animation. So, keep that in mind.

Considering how new the app is, you might come across a few glitches while using it. I noticed that the camera viewer would freeze for a quite a long time (up to a minute or so) before it would start working again.

One of the major downsides, in my opinion, is the inability to apply multiple filters and effects to a GIF. At this point, you're limited to choosing just one. There's at least a pretty good selection of fun effects to choose from, so you won't get bored instantly.

For the third row of effects (marked by the magic wand icon), which creates an animation in your background, takes some experimentation. It helps to hold your device steady under good lighting, with nothing too busy in the background. For example, standing against a plain wall works well.

With any luck, more features and bug fixes might be added in future versions. Let's hope so, because the app is fantastic for adding some personalized fun to the images and videos you already share across social media. 

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