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 2.7

Red. Green. Blue.

New bits…
• Increased granularity of dither level setting.
• Added 27 new custom palettes.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed bug with dither animation.

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

For the latest news and updates follow @8bitartwork on Twitter and you can send any issues or suggestions you have to

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings
33 Ratings
Richard Hallas ,

Brilliant app, terrible icon

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?

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!

Lisafinn ,


So good, so many clever updates that totally reinvent the app, never had a single technical issue even on my old iPhone. I love this app.


John Parker
22.5 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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