Best retro camera apps for Android and iOS
Whether you want to emulate the look you'd get from an old film camera, or are after an insane glitched-out result, we've got you completely covered with this selection of retro-themed camera apps for Android and iOS!
Vintage Retro Camera + VHS
This app lets you embellish both your photos and videos with all kinds of effects, ranging from emulations of grainy, old film reels, to completely out-there and trippy affairs such as the so-called “Radioacticity” effect and the very aptly named “Psychedelic” mode that superimposes a layer of pulsating colors over everything. There are also other embellishments available in Vintage Retro Camera + VHS, such as a mirroring effects and various lens distortion simulations.
This app, as the name suggests, lets you glitch-out your photos in ways you may have never even imagined possible. It's got it all – from staples such as simple pixelization, to really out-there stuff such as Delaunay triangulation and simulating the effect of dragging a frozen window around your desktop in Windows. Yes, you can do this in Glitch!, as well as a lot of other completely bizarre things.
8Bit Photo Lab
Retrica is perhaps the most popular of the bunch, and for a good reason. While the previous entries offer some highly entertaining options to mess with your photos, Retrica is a well-balanced, all-around great app for bringing a vintage vibe to your photos. It doesn't delve in the realm of faux-vintage digital art, but instead keeps to a rather timid selection of simpler, but nonetheless good-looking retro filters. Most of the effects Retrica has to offer simulate the look of old films and other idiosyncrasies from the film era, such as light leaks and color fading. If you're looking for a more traditional retro camera app, then Retrica should offer you plenty enough.