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UVP ChemStudio SA2 (formerly ChemiDoc-It®TS3)

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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.

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.

  • Upgradeable to support RGB, Near IR and other multiplex applications using the UVP eLITE MultiSpectral Light Source.
  • Choice of two deeply cooled (-57⁰C) cameras for low noise in low light applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wide imaging area (field-of-view) for gels and blots of various sizes (up to 25 x 26 cm). Field-of-view, depends on camera and lens selected.
  • Five-position automated, filter tray for easy access (Ethidium bromide filter included)
  • A height adjustable chemi tray is located inside the darkroom, for imaging blots closer to the lens.
  • The built-in computer provides a fully networkable system that can connect over wireless network for simple transfer of files and data

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.


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.

UVP ChemStudio SA2 Optional Equipment

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

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 Specifications

Camera and Lens:

Accessories UVP ChemStudio SA2 (formerly ChemiDoc-It®TS3)