Retrospecs 4+

Pixelate your pics‪!‬

John Parker

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 333 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



You can now randomly generate emulations within the emulation editor using the mutator.

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 3.7

Happy Many Returns

New bits…
• Added Picotron emulations.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed issue with incorrect percentages being shown for noise and attribute corruption controls in the converter.
• Fixed issue with incorrect palette used/available count in custom emulation editor.

If you've any problems, or feature suggestions please contact

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

Zombie Jombie ,

Requests for new features

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 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. + 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/character from the character set

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the kind words. 👍

I've a plan to improve the pixel size selection mechanism, so hopefully that'll appear in a future update.

I'm not sure how a multi-color character set mode could work, as all of the character sets are currently 1-bit - if you choose a different palette they'll use the "best" foreground and background color based on that, so it doesn't always have to be grayscale. (Perhaps I'm missing something - feel free to email me via

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.

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