The photos app decreases the quality of each frame to terrible levels when exporting a live image as a gif. Can somebody suggest a fix or an alternative?

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The GIF format was never designed to be for photos and by definition only allows 256 colours. From Wikipedia, GIFs are used as follows:

  1. GIFs are suitable for sharp-edged line art (such as logos) with a limited number of colors. This takes advantage of the format's lossless compression, which favors flat areas of uniform color with well defined edges.[23]
  2. GIFs may be used to store low-color sprite data for games.[24]
  3. GIFs can be used for small animations and low-resolution video clips.[24]
  • wow, didn't know that. Can you please suggest some alternatives to actually share the live gizmo on other social media platforms which is not actually a full fledged video but can be used as more of an image? Commented Aug 14, 2019 at 10:03
  • Sadly not, or at least not that I know of. Essentially it seems you do want a video.
    – TomC
    Commented Aug 15, 2019 at 11:52

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