A retro computing / pixel art camera app.

Retrospecs lets you convert images and videos 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 editor is not available.)

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

What's New

Version 2.5

I'm tired, so I'll stop now.

New bits…
• Updated emulation editor palette engine options to add support for 128, 256 and 512 colour palettes.
• Added "Pinball", "At the End", "The Lost Kittings", "Mad Doc", "Deluxe Paint 2" & "Bubblegum16" custom palettes.
• Added "Hue shift" animation effect.
• Updated custom emulation editor to suggest emulation names.
• Updated low light compensation converter option to offer more granularity.

If you want to see any 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

29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Brilliant app, terrible icon

Richard Hallas

Love the app, but -1 star for the hideous, ghastly, awful new icon. Please bring the old icon back. It was better in every way than the new one, which is not only ugly but conveys nothing. Why replace a nice icon with something as terrible as this?



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!



Retrospecs is an absolute must I f you have any interest in retro computing and photography.


John Parker
24.8 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, Japanese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 John Parker / Standard Universal
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock everything £1.99
  2. Small tip £0.99
  3. Medium tip £1.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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