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 2.3

The big sleep.

New bits…
• Tweaked animation effects to ensure all effects are at least three seconds long to keep Instagram happy.
• Added "Ice Cream GB", "Island Joy 16", "Mist GB", "Nymph GB", "Peachy Pop 16", "Rustic GB", "Wish GB", "ENDESGA / EDG64", "Fantasy 24", "Seaslide" and "AAP Splendor128" custom palettes.
• Added "Circlex" and "Ode to Bill" custom character sets.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed issue with taps near the video timeline in the converter triggering the controls UI hide/show toggle.
• Fixed issue with dither level and video timeline controls disappearing when Reduce Motion support is enabled.

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

4.7 out of 5

113 Ratings

113 Ratings

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.

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. :-)



Knew I'd love this app from the free version but had NO idea how much the small IAP would deliver: spoiler alert: SO MUCH. Yes the unlocked features are noted but until you're exploring the universe of fantastic options and applying them to your photos there really is no way of knowing how amazing this app really is. I love it when an app Over delivers and for a couple bucks this one delivers by the metric ton. Beautiful!


John Parker
24 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. The king of tips $9.99
  3. Medium tip $1.99


  • Family Sharing

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

More By This Developer

You May Also Like