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 Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, IBM PC (DOS, CGA, EGA and VGA), 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 colour 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.)

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What’s New

Version 2.15

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New bits…
• Added ability to open existing custom emulations, character sets and palettes from within the editors.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed issue with animations sometimes being generated at the wrong size.
• Fixed problem with image cropping being ignored on small images.
• Fixed crashing bug in the custom character editor.
• Fixed issue with slider controls remaining dimmed under iOS 14.

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

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Mat1610 ,


My professional digital art career started with a Sinclair ZX81, then the Spectrum, and pretty much everything in between and after. I produced art on the Amiga before Warhol. I now have a digital and traditional professional art studio. I still produce 8 bit art commissions on the original retro systems to get an authentic feel but the results from this little gem are just as gritty and just as great.

Would love to be able to input bespoke text to recreate certain system screens (like images of 10 Print “text”, 20 Goto 10, run, people of a certain age love and appreciate that stuff) but even as is, there is nothing that comes close to giving you the look and feel of the 8-bit heyday unless you spend a lot of time in something like illustrator. That would take hours, this takes seconds.

Absolutely phenomenal, different and regularly updated. Just buy it if 8 and 16 bit nostalgia are your thing. If not, buy it and find out what the real pioneers of home computing looked at in bedrooms around the world back in 1981!

The app is like an interactive art project, used it for years.

ekkoe ,

Incredibly detailed interactive journey down memory lane

Take a trip back to the golden era of computers and recreate the feeling of the imagery you grew up with, by running your photos from the present through a massive range of emulated systems of the past, from Gameboy to IBM CGA, from Atari 2600 to Amiga.

Endlessly fiddle-with-able. Get it.

zennington ,


Nothing else to say but an incredible app.
I really wish they’d increase the amount of video you can encode, it’s very short. Also it really needs a send to Retrospecs extension from photos. And iCloud sync!

In-App Purchases

Unlock everything
Enable all systems, dithers & the editors.


John Parker
32.2 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock everything £2.99
  2. Medium tip £1.99
  3. Small tip £0.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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