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When video cameras first hit electronics-store shelves decades ago, they were like magic. Even if the picture quality was grainy, the memories of all those birthday parties, family reunions, Little League games, and awkward prom scenes were warm and clear.

If you’re nostalgic for that retro vibe, VHS Camcorder can make footage from your exceedingly powerful iPhone video camera look like it was recorded by a camcorder back in 1986. It’s all here: the washed-out coloring, the 24-point pixelated type, the occasional tracking problem that causes the screen to go all blippy.

VHS Camcorder will feel instantly familiar to anyone who spent any amount of time filming family holiday gatherings in the Reagan era. It’s knowingly kitschy: Optional settings include such familiar snafus as Tilting Device Makes Things Worse (which accurately distorts the image when you move the camera too much) and Really Bad Rolling Tape Dropouts (those random horizontal streaks that always seemed to pop up during your line in the school play).

Controls couldn’t be simpler. Record by tapping the red button, zoom in and out by tapping the T and W buttons. You can also add text to the screen, including an old-school date and time stamp.

As a bonus, import an existing high-quality video and camcorder-fy it with a tap—a cool way to make your kids’ bike-riding videos look like your bike-riding videos.

VHS Camcorder’s most modern feature is a selfie setting. It’s just about the only part of the experience that wasn’t available in the ’80s, and it’s much easier than turning a huge camera around and pointing it at your face.

    VHS Camcorder - Retro 80s Cam

    Old school 1980s video filters

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