I ran across this excellent video on YouTube. I thought you mite find it interesting as well. While there is more to the story of the Animated GIF, and it's history, this effort by PBS is one well worth seeing. Enjoy!
Sony ups the game with their new Nex-5N. The video from this tiny camera puts quite a few of the big dogs to shame. This is a great camera with excellent color for making VideoGraphs and CinemaGraphs. In this example, I have slowed the frame change down to 1 sec between frames, so you can see the quality is there in every frame. There are twelve consecutive frames in this animation. Note the absence of any smearing or blurring, though this is a low light shot. Also note the quality of the backlit part of the scene. This was shot using a Leica 28mm f/2 lens, set wide open.