UVP ChemStudio SA

UVP ChemStudio SA² (formerly ChemiDoc-It®TS3

The all-new UVP ChemStudio SA2 is designed with a new smaller profile. The high resolution and high sensitivity CCD cameras are optimized for life science research studies in chemiluminescent western blots, fluorescent, colorimetric and multiplex gel and blot applications. The system’s large 15.6” integrated multi touch screen with capture software simplifies the imaging workflow.

Applications for this system include gel documentation, chemiluminescent blots, Northern blots, Southern blots, chemiluminescent Western blots, fluorescent westerns, protein blots, dot blots, protein gels, bioluminescence, DNA gels, blue light gels, TLC gels, colony plates, 2D gels, multiplex, colorimetric, visible light gels, autoraphiographs, microplates, microarrays.

Main Features

The UVP ChemStudio SA2 is a stand-alone, upgradeable system. Image capture and enhancement is automated with a built-in, VisionWorks® touch software. UVP's imaging systems feature modular and customized options for enhancing the user experience.

  • Available as a touch screen controlled system or as an external computer operated system, for those laboratories with particular IT/Computer requirements.
  • High sensitivity camera and optics. The imager features a 5.0 megapixel camera, with an automated f/1.2 zoom lens. Contrast-rich images of fluorescent and colored samples.
  • Integrated, 15.6 inch, multi-touch computer, with large storage capacity. Ideal for multitasking and viewing several images. Fully networkable system. Connects over wireless network for simple transfer of files and data.
  • Wide maximum illuminated imaging area for imaging multiple gels of various sizes (up to 25 x 26 cm). Compact footprint which maximizes laboratory bench space.
  • Unique "Slide2Hide" door, features smooth operation and limits bench top interferences, when tucked beneath the darkroom door.
  • Integrated UV Protection Shield, maximizes protection from UV radiation while working over the transilluminated surface.
  • Overhead white lighting is included, with optional UV and blue light.
  • Five-position automated, filter tray for easy access (Ethidium bromide filter included)
  • Upgradeable to support UVP eLITE Light Source module, for excitation from 400 to 800 nm wavelength applications.
  • VisionWorks touch software, features Templates for automated image acquisition and enhancement. Acquisition settings such as auto-exposure, focus, zoom, lighting and filter selections can easily be saved and reused, for one-touch capture.

Cameras and Optics

  • MegaCam 815 camera: An 8.1 megapixel camera features an f/0.95 lens, for fast and high sensitivity image capture
  • BioChemi 515 Camera: A 2.1 megapixel camera for affordable option with a zoom lens.
  • All lenses available with the option for manual or automated control

Service and Warranty

  • Three-year manufacturer warranty included
  • UVP, offers outstanding technical/application support and service

Accessories Included

  • Chemi tray for placement of blots
  • Stylus for touch screen
  • 7 USB ports are available for connecting to a keyboard, mouse and other accessories
  • The full package VisionWorks™ analysis software is included for use on an external computer. Analysis functions include, 1D lane and band analysis, histograms, lane profile graphs, total area density, Western blot densitometry and data reporting. Support for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance is available.

Accessories for upgrades

  • UVP eLITE MultiSpectral Light Source: for overhead excitation of fluorescent multiplexed Western blots, DIGE 2D gels, PAGE gels and more
  • Filters are available for specific wavelength requirements
  • LED White Light Plate: for white light transillumination applications such as Coomassie Blue, Silver stains and others
  • Visi-Blue™ converter plate: for blue light gels, converts UV to 460-470 nm
  • For overhead UV lighting: UV Lamp Modules. Two lamps are recommended.
  • When calibration of the light source in the system is required, the Luminescence Calibration Standard can be used to emit a very stable light over four orders of magnitude. The standard can be used for validation of measuring equipment, including cameras.

System Specifications

  • Monitor: 15.6" color multi-touch screen
  • Computer: Integrated into the unit
  • Software Controls: VisionWorks touch software: select from English, Chinese (simplified), Turkish, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Portuguese or German languages
  • Save Options: To the system, USB stick or transfer images via network connectivity (wireless and wired)

  • Overhead Light: White light
  • Light-tight
  • Chemi tray and fold-down tray
  • Roll-out tray for placement of transilluminator
  • Access port for optional UVP eLITE external excitation light source
  • Emission Filter: EtBr (580-630nm), other filters available
  • Five position filter wheel

Transillumination Choices
  • Benchtop Single, 2UV™ or 3UV™(254, 302, 365nm)
  • FirstLight® 302nm uniform illumination
  • Transilluminator filter sizes range from 20x20cm to 25x26cm

Camera and Lens
Camera Specifications
Specifications MegaCam 815 BioChemi 515
CCD Bit Depth 16 bit 16 bit
File Bit Depth (A/D) 16 bit 16 bit
Pixel Resolution 3296 x 2472 1690 x 1267
Megapixels 8.1, expandable to 16.2 2.1, expandable to 6.4*
Cooling -57℃ from Ambient -57℃ from Ambient
PC Connection USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Quantum Efficiency
Peak & Chemi 425nm
50% & 42% 50% & 42%
Lens Options** 42.5mm f/0.95 12.5-75mm f/1.2

For use with stains and substrates such as SYGR® Green, GelGreen™, GelRed™, Instant Blue, Coomassie, Silver, SYBR® Gold, Alexa Fluor®, CF™, Cy3®, Cy5®FITC, FAM, Oregon Green®, Rhodamine Green™, Rhodamine Red™, SYBR® Green, Gold, SYBR Safe, MultiFluor Blue, DyLight, SYPRO® Orange, SYPRO® Red, SYPRO® Tangerine, GFP, CFP, RFP, YFP, SYPRO® Ruby, Ethidium Bromide, Deep Purple, Propidium Iodide, Rhodamine, Texas Red®, RedDot™, IRDye®, Qdot™, FEMTOMAX, ECL, 2D DIGE, Fluorescein. Contact UVP to discuss use of these applications and stains with UVP's BioImaging Systems for your research.


Emission Filters: An ethidium bromide emission filter is included with the UVP ChemStudio SA2 Imaging System. UVP offers a wide range filters. Refer to the darkroom emission filters on the filter chart or contact UVP for filter information.

LED White Light Plate: For colorimetric imaging, plug the optional plate into the darkroom for uniform back-lit white light. The plate emits ‹5% coefficient of variance (CV) for viewing autoradiographs, and stains such as Coomassie Blue and Silver. The plate filter area measures 11W x 11D in. (28 x 28cm). A UV to White Light Converter Plate is available. Simply place the plate over the UV transilluminator and the UV is converted to white light. More Converter Plate details

Manual UVP eLITE MultiSpectral Light Source: The optional manually-controlled external halogen light source supplies directed epi illumination via fiber optic light guides mounted in the darkroom. The unit allows use of a single filter; however, a wide variety of filters are available to meet specific excitation wavelength requirements for applications including multiplex imaging. Refer to the filter chart or contact UVP for filter ordering information. UVP eLITE models are available with eight filter capacity and halogen or xenon lighting.

UV Modules: Mount optional UV lamp modules into the darkroom for epi UV illumination. The modules can be removed for handheld use. Select from longwave (365nm), shortware (254nm) or combination modules. Two modules are recommended.

  • UVGL-25 UV lamp (254/365nm UV)
  • UVL-21 UV lamp (365nm UV)
  • UVG-11 UV lamp (254nm UV)

Gel Tools: A variety of Gel Tools are useful for researchers working with gels. These tools include a fluorescent Gel Ruler and Gel Trays. Go to Gel Tools for more information.

Thermal Printer: The printer is compact and generates archive quality, 256 grayscale prints. Matte and glossy paper are available. Refer to the Thermal Printer page for ordering information.

Flat Field Correction: Flat Field Correction (FFC) Plate for Microtiter Plates

Ordering Information

UVP ChemStudio SA2 815 Imaging System

UVP ChemStudio SA2 515 Imaging System

System configurations may vary by country. Contact a UVP BioImaging Specialist or authorized distributor to request a quote or configure a UVP ChemStudio SA2 Imaging System for your application requirements.

Applications listed may require additional accessories. Contact UVP for details.

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