The UVP GelStudio SA2 marks a new generation of simplicity and imaging control for researchers performing gel imaging. The GelStudio SA2 combines a large 15.6" multi-touch screen with integrated capture software into an easy-to-use plug and play unit. The image acquisition functions are presented in a straightforward and efficient workflow. Automated, high-resolution and sensitive imaging of fluorescent gels. No film is required.

Main Features

The UVP GelStudio SA2 is a stand-alone, upgradeable system, for imaging and quantitation of DNA gels, protein gels, blue light gels, Coomassie Blue, GelGreen, SYBR Green and more. Image capture and enhancement is autmoated with a built-in, VisionWorks® touch software. UVP's imaging systems feature modular and customized options for enhancing the user experience.

  • Upgradeable to support chemiluminescent blots, RGB, Near IR and other multiplex applications using the UVP eLITE MultiSpectral Light Source
  • Built-in, 15.6 inch, multi-touch computer
  • VisionWorks touch software, features Templates for automated image acquisition and enhancement. Acquisition settings such as autoexposure, focus, zoom, lighting and filter selections can easily be saved and reused, for one-touch capture
  • The imager features a 5.0 megapixel camera, with an f/1.2 zoom lens and the choice of automated or manual control
  • Overhead white lighting is included, with optional UV and blue light.
  • UV transillumination is included with the option for 1 UV (302nm) or 3™UV (254, 302, and 365nm) wavelengths and sizes ranging from 21x26cm to 25x26cm
  • Five-position automated, filter tray for easy access (Ethidium bromide filter included)
  • The built-in computer provides a fully networkable system that can connect over wireless network for simple transfer of files and data

Service and Warranty

  • Two-year manufacturer warranty included

  • UVP offers outstanding technical/application support and service

Accessories Included

  • Gel tray and gel ruler are included for gel preparation procedures

  • 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 Upgrade

  • 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" 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)

  • Each user can designate a password to store and protect data in a busy research environment.
  • Enhancement and analysis tools are included that allow researchers to personalize their experiments for any special purpose. Tools offered: background subtraction, noise reduction, inversion, compositing, pseudocolor, and more.
  • Software also comes with extended analytical tools: 1D analysis, area density and colony counting analysis. Reports are created showing extensive analysis of results including Molecular Weight (MW), Rf, band intensities and area density calculations. Data can be exported to Excel.
  • Large and visible icons on the VisionWorks® touch Software, increases accessibility for an improved and efficient workflow.
  • This software is flexible as it can be used both in a stand-alone and or external style. As a result, the imager comes with unlimited copies of the software for external use as well.

Transillumination Choices

Camera and Lens
Camera Specifications
Specifications GelCam 815
CCD Bit Depth 12 bit
File Bit Depth (A/D) 16 bit
Pixel Resolution 2592 x 1944
Megapixels 5.0
Cooling None
PC Connection USB 3.0
Quantum Efficiency
Peak & Chemi 425nm
Peak: 47%
Lens Options** 8-48mm f/1.2 Zoom


VisionWorks Analysis Software: Supplies comprehensive tools for in-depth analysis of gels as well as image enhancements and extensive report documentation. Single user, multiple user and network versions available. More

Systems in the U.S. include a license for VisionWorks Software for loading on a separate computer. For availability in other countries, check with your UVP rep or authorized dealer.

Emission Filters: An EtBr ethidium bromide emission filter is included with the UVP GelStudio SA2 Imager. UVP offers a wide range filters. Refer to the darkroom emission filters on the filter chart

or contact UVP for filter information.

Transillumination Light Sources:

  • 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). Part Number 95-0476-01
  • UV to White Light Converter Plate is available. Simply place the plate over the UV transilluminator and the UV is converted to white light. 38-0191-01 (21 x 26cm) or 38-0191-04 (25 x 26cm)
  • Visi-Blue Converter Plate: Converts UV to 460-470nm blue light for imaging SYBR Green, GelGreen and other stains. Part numbers: 38-0200-01 (21 x 26cm) or 38-0200-04 (25 x 26cm)
  • For additional details on Converter Plates, click here Converter Plates

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) 95-0021-12 (115V), 95-0021-10 (230V)
  • UVL-21 UV lamp (365nm UV) 95-0018-02 (115V), 95-0018-03 (230V)
  • UVG-11 UV lamp (254nm UV) 95-0016-14 (115V), 95-0016-15 (230V)

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.

Ordering Information

UVP GelStudio SA2

System configurations may vary by country. Contact a UVP BioImaging Specialist or authorized distributor to request a quote or configure a GelDoc-ItTS3 Imager for your application requirements.

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

Where to Order

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