Gel Imaging System

FastGene FAS-Digi PRO

Catalogue number: GP-07LED

 

  • Safe – No damage of DNA, no risk of UV exposure for user
  • Flexible – For the detection of DNA/RNA and proteins
  • Ultrasensitive – Even faint bands are detected
  • Versatile – Compatible with all DNA dyes
  • Intuitive – Very user-friendly software
  • Network-compatible – Simple image transfer
  • Largest illuminated imaging area combined with very compact design

‘We have been using the FastGene FAS-Digi PRO for some time now and are very satisfied with the user-friendly handling of the software and the quality of the recordings.’
Dr. Tanja Rehders, Botanisches Institut, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

The Revolution for Nucleic Acid Gel Documentation – ‘Made in Germany’

The FastGene® FAS-Digi PRO is our newest imaging system for the detection of DNA and RNA in agarose gels.

The unique Blue/Green LED technology, together with  a very easy to use software and a top camera, enables agarose gel documentation of highest quality.

The FastGene® FAS-Digi PRO is a fully networkable Gel Doc System, which enables simple transfer of images when connected to an external PC.

 

Blue/Green LED Technology – for a safe detection of  DNA and RNA

The heart of the FAS-Digi PRO is the revolutionary Blue/Green LED technology.

The FAS-Digi PRO is composed of  a strong Blue/Green LED transilluminator that emits visible light at a wavelength of 470 – 520 nm. In contrast to harmful UV light, no nucleic acids are damaged with Blue/Green LEDs. The Blue/Green LED technology enables the detection of all common green (e.g., MIDORIGreen, SYBRTM Green)), yellow (e.g., SYBRTM Safe) and red (e.g., ethidium bromide or GelRedTM) DNA dyes.

 

The transilluminators

The hood of the FAS-Digi PRO can be easily removed. This allows  a very easy excision of DNA bands on the huge Blue/Green LED  illuminated work surface of 21 cm x 26 cm. A superb uniform transillumination is guaranteed by 12 LED arrays at each side.

 

The detection of protein is possible due to the additionally included white LED table which comes with an integrated battery.

The camera

The very light-sensitive camera ‘Canon EOS 200D’ has a very large APS-C CMOS sensor.
The camera is connected directly to the power supply system of the FAS-Digi PRO and is thus constantly supplied with power.

FAS-Digi PRO high sensitive camera

 

The imaging software

The FAS-Digi PRO is delivered together with the intuitive NIPPON Genetics Camera Studio software. This software enables the optimization of all important camera settings (aperture, exposure time, zoom and focus) in real time.

 

Software of the FAS-Digi Pro Gel Doc system

Software of the FAS-Digi Pro Gel documentation system

 

The thermal printer (separate accessory)

The analog Mitsubishi Thermodrucker P93E is suitable for the connection to the FastGene FAS-Digi PRO system and is available separately, see here (link).

Camera

 

Camera typeCanon 250D, 24 MPixel (Resolution: 6000x4000), APS-C Sensor DIGIC 8 Processor, WiFi enabled
Image SensorAPS-C sized CMOS Sensor
Resolution/Image Size6000 x 4000 pixel (24 MPixel)
Bit Output Format8-bit
ApertureF/4-5.6
Lens18-55 mm zoom Lens, manual
Exposure time0.00025 to 30 seconds
FilterFastGene Amber Filter for the lens

 

Control Software

 

Control SoftwareNIPPON Genetics Camera Studio v1.0, WINDOWS 10
Saved Image FormatTIFF, JPEG
Image storageHost computer dependent
InterfaceHost computer dependent, Supports Mitsubishi thermal-printer P95DE

 Mitsubishi Thermal Printer (analog): P93E

Hood

 

Power unitPower supply for transilluminator and camera
AccessFront door, 180°opened
FilterFastGene Amber Filter Shield

 

Illuminator

 

1) Built-in Blue-Green light source470-520 nm
View Area26 x 21 cm
2) White LED Transilluminator
View Area22 x 16 cm

 

Unit

MaterialPainted aluminum metal
Rated Voltage100-240 V~, 50/60 Hz, A
Dimension (H x L x W)52 x 33.5 x 32.5 cm
Weight14 kg

The voice of customers

Experiences of customers after testing a free rental FastGene FAS-Digi PRO

PersonResponse
It's easy because I don’t need to be careful when cutting out.
It makes it much easier to save data because I used to scan the photograph or printout with a scanner and turn it into a PDF file.
I closed a room window when cutting out. But it is no risk because it can be done with goggles or naked eyes.
I put a thermal paper on my notebook. But I can change to the data management.
It was great. Good compatibility with that reagent (MGX) and good sensitivity. I could use this softwear without a manual.
I don’t need to be careful, because this is not UV light.
This is easy to operate also image is beautiful.
I think UV-free and EtBr -free is better, If I think for safety and future trends.

 

on 03/10/2020

Wir haben das Gerät seit ein paar Monaten in Gebrauch und sind damit sehr zufrieden. Die Handhabung ist einfach und das Gerät macht gute Bilder. Dadurch das kein UV-Licht verwendet wird, ist es wesentlich angenehmer Banden aus dem Gel auszuschneiden. Jedoch ist es schwieriger die Banden genau auszuschneiden, da man nicht direkt von oben auf das Gel schauen kann, ohne die Dunkelkammer zu entfernen. Bei der Software würden wir uns noch ein Beschriftungstool wünschen, um die Gele direkt beschriften zu können. Translation by NIPPON Genetics EUROPE: We have been using the instrument for a few months and are very satisfied with it. The handling is easy and the instrument takes good pictures. Since no UV light is used, it is much more pleasant to cut bands out of the gel. However, it is more difficult to cut out the bands precisely because you cannot look directly at the gel from above without removing the darkroom. With the software, we would still like a labeling tool to be able to label the gels directly.

on 02/24/2020

This Gel Doc equipment is really user friendly and the quality/price rate is really fair compared to the historic system like Bio-Rad, etc. You don't need laptop or desktop to check and download your images... an app by Canon is enough. The Blue light is really powerful and avoids all the problems linked to UV lamp. A solid and less expensive alternative to the competitors.

on 09/10/2019

Wir haben das FastGene FAS-Digi PRO seit einiger Zeit in Gebrauch und sind sowohl mit der benutzerfreundlichen Handhabung der Software, wie auch der Qualität der Aufnahmen sehr zufrieden. Wir verwenden als Farbstoff Ethidiumbromid, womit DNA im Gel sehr gut detektierbar wird. Von uns wurden keine nennenswerten Unterschiede zur Detektion mit herkömmlichen UV-Transilluminatoren festgestellt. Lediglich das Ausschneiden von Banden aus einem Gel gefällt uns an dem System nicht so gut. Die vom Hersteller vorgesehen Entfernung der Dunkelkammer empfinden wir als etwas unhandlich. Wir haben uns zu diesem Zweck einen selbstgebauten Amber-Filter oben an der Kammer befestigt, der jetzt bei Bedarf heruntergeklappt werden kann. Mit dieser Modifikation gefällt uns das Geldokumentationssystem sehr gut und können es mit gutem Gewissen weiterempfehlen.

Translation by NIPPON Genetics EUROPE:

We have been using the FastGene FAS-Digi PRO for some time now and are very satisfied with the user-friendly handling of the software and the quality of the recordings. We use ethidium bromide as a dye, with which the DNA detection is very good. We did not find any significant difference in signal to the detection using conventional UV transilluminators. Only the cutting out of bands from a gel we like the system could be optimized. The removal of the darkroom provided by the manufacturer is perceived as being somewhat unwieldy. For this purpose, we have attached a self-made amber filter to the top of the chamber, which can now be folded down if necessary. With this modification, we like the gel documentation system very well and can recommend without hesitation.

Comment from NIPPON Genetics EUROPE:

Thank you very much for your honest feedback. We follow your recommendation. The current version of the FAS-Digi PRO comes with an amber shield, which can be attached with magnets inside the box. Cutting out DNA bands is now very easy without removing the hood.

Furthermore, the new version of the FAS-Digi PRO comes also with a white light source for the visualization of petri dishes and protein gels. For this purpose, you just have to remove the amber filter from the lens.

on 09/09/2019

Wir arbeiten nun seit einigen Monaten zu unserer großen Zufriedenheit mit dem FastGene FAS-Digi Pro in Kombination mit dem Farbstoff Midori Green. DNA Proben sind sehr gut detektierbar und dank der mitgelieferten Software sind leicht und schnell sehr gute Bilder gemacht. Einziges Manko: Zum Ausschneiden von Gelbanden, wäre ein beiliegendes Plexiglas, das durch eine Erhöhung einer Seite schief in der Kammer liegt von Vorteil, da man so in einem 90° Winkel auf das Gel gucken kann und somit genauere Schnitte durchführen werden könnten. Das Geldokumentationssystem erfüllt bis auf diesen Punkt alle unsere Erwartung. Wir würden das FastGene FAS-DIGI jederzeit weiterempfehlen.

Translation by NIPPON Genetics EUROPE:

We have been working for a few months with the FastGene FAS-Digi Pro with great satisfaction using the dye Midori Green. DNA samples are very easy to detect and thanks to the supplied software, very good pictures are taken quickly and easily. The only drawback: To cut out gel bands, an enclosed Filter, which is attached to the system´s chamber could be advantageous because you can look at a 90 ° angle to the gel and thus more accurate cuts could be performed. The gel documentation system meets all our expectations to this point. We would recommend the FastGene FAS-DIGI Pro at any time.

Comment from NIPPON Genetics EUROPE:

Thank you very much for your honest feedback. We follow your recommendation. The current version of the FAS-Digi PRO comes with an amber shield, which can be attached with magnets inside the box. Cutting out DNA bands is now very easy without removing the hood.

Furthermore, the new version of the FAS-Digi PRO comes also with a white light source for the visualization of petri dishes and protein gels. For this purpose, you just have to remove the amber filter from the lens.s
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