Retrospecs 4+

Pixelate your pics‪!‬

John Parker

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 279 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



A retro computing / pixel art camera app.

Retrospecs lets you convert images and video clips so they appear as they would on a wide variety of home computers and consoles from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Simply take a picture (or select one from your photo library) and you can display it as it would appear on over forty systems including the Commodore 64, IBM PC (DOS, CGA, EGA and VGA), Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Game Boy and even the original 1984 model Apple Macintosh. If that's not enough you can also create your own custom modes based around four different graphics engines and a wide variety of color palettes and character fonts. (The free version only contains a limited number of systems/dither modes and the custom editors, video clip processing and animation options aren't available.)

All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.

What’s New

Version 2.18

The Indifference Engine

New bits…
• Added blur and invert colors options to image adjustments.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed issue with some converter options not being correctly reset after saving.
• Fixed obscure character size related crash in the character editor.

If you want to see future updates to Retrospecs, please share your creations and help spread the word!

For the latest news and updates follow @8bitartwork on Twitter and you can send any issues or suggestions you have to

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

Zombie Jombie ,


Retrospecs: Hi, I really love your app I've been using it for a while now and I love how using the character emulation function to edit photos, its one of my most used/favorite editing apps. I have some requests, please add more pixel sizes, so you can do 17x17, 18x18 so on. add an easy way to combine two character field things in a character set in a way similar to how a difference blending mode works on photos, more explanation: if i do a square checker board character and each square is 2x2 then use the drawing setting where it changes all squares to the opposite of what they were before (the setting that shows little diagonal lines near a pencil icon) and do a tiny checkerboard pattern using that tool (1x1 size squares) sort of like a difference blend on it.

Also adding in more colors in character emulation (there is black and white blocks right now and when u use a character emulation it picks two colors for each square, varying values of gray (dark gray, light gray) added would add more variety and more than 2 colors could be in each square.)

BBSTR2049 ,

Better than the competition

If you’re trying to take videos and photos, throw a pixelated filter on it and -boom- it’s done, this app can do it. If you would like to take the emulated aesthetic of an Apple IIe or NES or even a Virtual Boy, tweak it by making it high resolution to fit your source image, follow that up by setting a scanline and chroma shift effect while adjusting brightness saturation contrast and even cropping until it’s perfect THIS APP can do that all of that. And that’s barely scratching the surface. You have so much customization and control you can truly make wonderful art here. Don’t pass it up for the other guys pixel filter stuff. The IAPs are more than fair they’re almost a steal.

Lava dude ,

This app is good.

So a while back I was looking for a way to pixelize my photos in a rather cool way. I was slowly picking through photo editors and either they didn't do what I needed them or it was a bad app. Eventually I made my way to this app, I tried it out and it was really good. Even without paying for the full version (I have now), it a surprising amount of options to mess with attributes. And the full version is really good and I hope you keep this app going and adding systems.

In-App Purchases

Unlock everything
Enable all systems, dithers & the editors.

App Privacy

The developer, John Parker, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

You Might Also Like

Photo & Video
Photo & Video
Photo & Video
Photo & Video
Photo & Video
Photo & Video