FastGene® FAS Digi imaging system: Gel documentation system with Blue/Green LED technology
The FastGene® Blue/Green LED technology enables the detection of red dyes, such as Ethidium Bromide and of our next generation green dyes Midori Green. Both dyes can be visualized using the amber filter on top of the unit.
Figure 1 – The absorbance spectrum of Ethidium Bromide (red), Midori Green Advance (green) and Midori Green Direct (light green)
The FastGene® FAS Digi Imaging System uses the Panasonic GF7 digital camera. Its lens has an optimal zoom range (24-128 mm) and has a big aperture (F/3.55), therefore allowing bright bands, even in the darkest situations.
Get great results right after you start. The simplicity of the system guaranties a quick learning process. Images are saved in the established jpeg format, allowing you to use any imaging program to review your image.
The Panasonic GF7 is able to record images in a RAW format, so that advanced users can get the most information out of the images.
The FastGene® FAS Digi Geldocumentation System is very robust due to its metal body and high quality components.
|Camera||Digital camera with a CMOS Sensor, 12-16 Megapixel and 3″ LCD Monitor|
|Lens||Zoom range 24-64 mm, (Fullframe), Aperture f/3.5-f/5.6|
|Size||34 x 45 x 27 cm (length x height x depth)|
|Illuminator||FastGene® Blue/Green Transilluminator|
|Optical filter||Amber filter|
|Power supply||Blue/Green Transilluminator:
• input: 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz (24 V, 1 A)
• output: 24 V, 1 A
Pentax Battery Charger:
• input: 110-240 V, 50-60 Hz
• output: 4.2 V, 0.8 A
Figure 1 – PCR-Products separated on a 1% TBE-Agarosegel. The DNA stain used was the Midori Green Advance.
Figure 2 – PCR-Products separated on a 1% TBE-Agarosegel.The DNA stain used was the Midori Green Advance.
You can connect a printer. See the protocol which you can find in the download section. There are different cables for connecting a computer or a printer. You can connect the pc to a printer and the camera the same time, but you can’t connect the camera to the printer and computer the same time. It is possible to connect the old printer, if it has an analogue signal.
We do not have direct information regarding the performance of nile-red and the FasDigi. The absorption maximum is at 559nm. So really far to green nearly yellow, which is not optimal for the FasDigi. But we know that we can detect mCherry, which has its maxima at 587nm.
The camera has an overexporsure alarm. To set this alarm go to the menu custom settings page 4/7 there is the menu highlight. Turning that on will highlight in black if a pixel is overexposured. If you want to see it in the live view there is a zebra function in the camera where the saturation value can be adjusted from 50% saturated to 105% saturated (oversaturated). Page 188 in the manual has a full description of the function.
I do not think that this mode is possible with this camera, but any software on the computer should be able to do.
No, we recommend to lock the camera with the adapter in a draw when it is not used. Normally there are always lockable draw in a lab.
The GF7 records jpeg and RAW at the same time.
That’s correct. Multiple connections with more than one devices is not possible at the same time.
There are three different sizes of jpeg files. You will find them here: Press the menu. Then choose the camera symbol, which you can see on the top of the left symbol column (you can choose it with the menu/set button in the middle of the ring on the right camera side). Then choose “picture size”. There are three options L= 12M, M=8M and S=2M.
No, there is no special Lumix software necessary. You can connect the camera with the PC and open the pictures with standard programs. You will find a folder with the pictures which you can save on your computer and then open and edit with your own program.
You can use EtBr, GelRed and many others. You can always use the same filter.
There is a USB cable and you can use the SD card.
We have systems running since 2014 without problems.
The LEDs have a life experience of 50000h (more than 24 years).
The camera comes with a battery charger. So you have to load the batterie from time to time.
You can connect the camera to a computer monitor by using a Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable. But then you only can see images which you shot with the camera and no live view. There is also an App (Panasonic Image App)by which you can control the camera on a Tablet or mobile phone. Here you can see the live view image and shoot pictures.
Yes you can! It is in the menu of the camera settings. It is described on page 195 of the manual.
No, please remove the screw form the dark box. The screw is only added to secure the camera while the system is not in use.