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Azure Imagers vs. ChemiDoc™ systems:

What you should know

If you’re looking at getting a new imager for blots and gels, an Azure Imaging System is a great alternative to a ChemiDoc™ imagers from Bio-Rad®.

Smaller, more flexible, and delivering better performance at equally affordable prices, Azure Imagers generate reliable, reproducible, and quantitative gel and blot images and are compatible with most protein or DNA stain and fluorophores.

Compare the benchtop footprint of the Azure Imaging System

Superior performance in a smaller package

Footprint of the 280™ Imager vs the ChemiDoc™ XRS+ (dotted line) Footprint of the 600® Imager vs. the ChemiDoc™ MP (dotted line)

 

What can Azure Imagers do?

All Azure Imagers offer:

  • Focus-free imaging, no-positioning necessary
  • One-touch workflows—select your application and the instrument chooses the appropriate light source and filters
  • AzureSpot™ Analysis Software for powerful and streamlined quantitative analysis

Select instruments offer:

  • Chemiluminescent detection that’s just as sensitive as film, but easier and more quantitative
  • Two NIR lasers (660 nm and 785 nm) that keep signal high and background low
  • Efficient multiplex detection with three visible fluorescence channels and/or two NIR fluorescence channels
  • An optional Q-module that adds the capability to perform total protein normalization using AzureRed Total Protein Stain to 300 and 500 Imagers
600® | The All-around Application Ace
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500® | The Ultimate IR Imaging System
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Upgradeable Upgradeable
400® | The Visible Fluorescence Virtuoso
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Upgradeable Upgradeable
300® | The Darkroom Eliminator
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280™ | The Individual Lab Imager
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200® | The Gel Imaging Workhorse
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Imager Models

200 | 280 | 300 | 400 | 500 | 600 

 


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Reviews of the Azure Imaging System® from SelectScience

Wonderful instrument! Terrific value and customer support!

We’ve been very pleased with the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System. The quality and limit of detection for both the chemiluminescence and near-IR images is outstanding. Image acquisition is straightforward and user-friendly. The after-sales support is top notch – as there have been additional software upgrades and peripheral devices that were rolled-out post purchase. We’ve been happy with the new features. Our main contact at Azure (Vic Gagne) has been amazing. What sets this system apart from some of the bigger vendors is the ease-of-use and the personalized customer support. If your lab or core facility is looking for an imaging system, I highly recommend the Azure 600 Gel Imaging System.

—John Flanagan, Civetta Therapeutics

 I love it and have been incredibly happy with the machine and Azure as a company

The c600 has been an essential workhorse in the lab since the day we bought it. With countless westerns and more than a fair share of nucleotide gels being imaged and analyzed using it. I greatly appreciate being able to switch quickly between applications and methods, as well as not needing proprietary software to view my data. It’s been given 4/5 stars for ease of use only because you need to know how to ask the software what you want it to show you, which can be a bit of a learning curve. Once you understand the software though you can dial in your settings much more easily than with other machines I’ve used. It also offers a more push and capture option when you’re expecting a strong response and just want to capture an image. I’ve been very happy with how their program balances weak signals and stronger signals since I’m often using the same blot for 7-10 proteins. With aftercare, Azure has been fantastic! They check in to make sure everything is going well, and to see if they can help with anything more just enough that it’s not intrusive but often enough that you don’t worry that they forgot about you.

— Matthew Buccili, PEEL Therapeutics

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Compare Key Features of the Azure Imaging System

Azure Imaging Systems BioRad GelDoc GO BioRad ChemiDoc XRS+ BioRad ChemiDoc MP
Camera Up to 9.1MP CCD 6.3MP CMOS <2.0MP CMOS 6.0 MP CMOS
Lens-Sample Distance Shortest Long (reflecting mirrors) Longest Long (reflecting mirrors)
Trans UV (EtBr) ✓ UV302/U365 (Direct  Transillumination) ✓ UV/Tri-Halo (Conversion Tray Required) ✓ UV302 Only ✓ UV/Tri-Halo (Conversion Tray Required)
Safe Dyes (SYBR dyes) ✓ Strong Epi-Blue Light  ✓Trans-Blue Light (Conversion Screen Optional) ✕ Extra Cost Conversion Tray Required ✕ Extra Cost Conversion Tray Required ✕ Extra Cost Conversion Tray Required
Visible/Color Imaging (Coomassie blue, Silver stain, etc) ✓ True Color Imaging ✓ Greyscale Imaging (Trans Orange Tray) ✓ Greyscale Imaging (Trans White Table Optional) ✕ Greyscale Imaging Only (Epi-White) ✕ Extra Cost Low-Power White-Light (Conversion Tray Required) ✕ Extra Cost Conversion Tray Required ✕ Extra Cost Conversion Tray Required
Chemiluminescence WB ✓ Standard in Azure300 and above ✓ All Systems Upgradeable ✕ Not Available ✓ Poor Signal Detection (Not Standard) ✓ Poor Signal Detection
Fluorescence WB ✓ Standard in Azure400 and above ✓ Solid-State Lasers in Azure500 and Azure600 ✓ All Systems Upgradeable ✕ Not Available ✕ Not Available ✓ Poor Signal Detection (LEDs Only)
Exposure Algorithms 3 Auto-exposure options (Rapid, Broad Dynamic Range, Overexposure) or Manual exposure Intense, Faint or Manual Exposure Intense, Faint or Manual Exposure Intense, Faint or Manual Exposure
Max Imaging FOV 20.5 x 16.5cm 21 x 14cm 19.4 x 26cm 21 x 16.8cm
Connectivity 13.3” Touchscreen, USB, Ethernet, WIFI 9.7” Touchscreen, USB External Computer Required 12" Touchscreen, USB, Ethernet, WiFi
Cost $ $$ $$ $$$

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