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 editor, video clip processing and animation modes aren't available.)

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

What’s New

Version 2.12

Nothing to see here. (Again.)

Just a few bug fixes and additional support for iOS 13.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed bug with diffusion dithers when using the Palette engine.
• Fixed issue with "Exporting" spinner under iOS 13.
• Fixed issue with video and animation controls display under iOS 13.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

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.

Dukester2000 ,

Some good but not free

First the free version is unusable. It keeps words on the screen that tell you to upgrade. It happens when you click on something that is only available with the upgrade, but the words don’t disappear even when you try to go back to using the free filters, rending it unusable.

It looked good enough so I paid. There are really neat filters here with loads of options and customization. Authentic replications of tech nostalgia. However, your field is limited to a square, so if your pic is not a square you won’t be able to alter the entire photo.

Also if you save a photo you can’t re-open and edit it again. It will re-open in the app but you can’t re-apply filers or adjust the picture.

schnoons ,

Sensational (and easy) art transformations

Retrospecs rules. So much! The paid version is mind blowing—so many effects, so many customizations, and so easy to use. And when I had a few questions, the developer answered right away, in friendly detail. (Thanks, John!) I am usually too lazy to review apps, but this one has so much love and care behind it. Consequently, I love and care about it, too. One of my most-used and adored digital art tools. A must-get! All the kudos to Retrospecs. 🙌

Developer Response ,

My pleasure - thanks for a lovely App Store review. :-)

In-App Purchases

Unlock everything
Enable all systems, dithers & the editors.


John Parker
31.2 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 $3.99
  2. Small tip $0.99
  3. Medium tip $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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