A GIF - or graphics interchange format - is a bitmap file widely used around the internet. GIFs contain up to 256 colors, so they’re not often used for photos, but as they have lossless compression, they work well for navigation buttons and logos on websites. A huge difference between a GIF and another bitmap image file, like a JPG, is that they can be saved as animated GIFs, which cycle between images to create a short, looping animation. These are primarily designed for - and used across - websites on the internet. You’ve definitely come across them before, particularly on social media and image sharing apps.
A JPG file is a raster image file widely used across digital photography. JPG files are ideal for uploading and sharing online because of their small size and can be used and read by pretty much any program across computers and mobile devices. It’s the most widely used image compression format in the world and the default format for a lot of digital cameras and smartphone cameras. This is generally because they are very compressed without losing a huge amount of data. If you interact with any kind of digital photos, you’ll come across JPGs.
JPG files are a small, compressed image file format, perfect for sharing images quickly online. In contrast, GIFs can be quite clunky and slow to load. If your GIF is just a still image, rather than an animation, you might be better off converting the GIF to a JPG. By converting a GIF to JPG, the file size will become much smaller, making it easier and more convenient to share widely and upload to different platforms. Just beware that JPG files are more compressed, so some data may be lost in the process. Converting files is a straightforward process in WinZip.
WinZip is more than just a GIF to JPG converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.