There’s hardly a shortage of apps that let you do a variety of different things with GIFs – whether that’s Giphy’s, Tumblr’s, LiveGIF or even Giffage’s GIF keyboard – and now the world has one more to judge.
In a nutshell, Piku Piku lets you easily capture GIFs that loop continuously, playing forwards and backwards. These can be shared directly to the usual crop of social networks, like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, iMessage and more. For networks that don’t yet support GIFs natively (hello, Instagram and WhatsApp!) Piku Piku automatically posts a video instead.
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You get the usual camera controls (like controlling a self-timer, switching between front and rear camera, different modes, etc.) and a raft of different filters for your GIFs.
There’s even 3D Touch support on the home screen for users with a compatible iPhone and the option to add a widget to your Notification Center for even quicker access.
While there are lots of filters on offer, you’ll need to pay (via an in-app purchase) to unlock the full collection of filters.
It’s worth noting that once you’ve recorded your GIF, you can’t alter the filters.
Is yet another GIF app worth your $4.99? That’s for you to decide, but it won’t cost you anything to check it out.
And if you’re wondering where the name Piku Piku came from, founder of Americos Technologies, Gaurav Khanna, explains that it was inspired by a trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong, where photographers were encouraging children to smile with the words.