Delivering the Sensitivity of Film at an Economical Price

Azure 280

Azure 280 digital chemiluminescent imager

Offers sensitive digital chemiluminescent detection at a low cost


Azure 280™ | The Individual Lab Imager

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Performance and Affordability Go Hand-in-hand

chemiluminescent western blot signal
Chemiluminescent Western blotting- one signal, one protein.

The Azure 280 gives you the same sensitivity as chemiluminescent detection on film, but without the hassles of a darkroom and the expense of a bulky film developer. It makes image acquisition as easy as placing your blot into the instrument and pressing a button—no more wasting time testing multiple film exposures to get the best image.


Quantitative Chemiluminescent Imaging

Just as sensitive as film, but easier and quantitative, the Azure 280 will revolutionize your chemiluminescent workflows and eliminate the need for a darkroom.

With the Azure 280, the software notifies you when bands are saturated and not suitable for quantitation. 

High-resolution Imaging

A 6.1MP camera provides high resolution imaging perfect for publications. Change the sample to optics distance using adjustable height shelf for enhanced detection. Zoom into the area of interest with ROI imaging to reduce background.

"Safe" Dye Detection

A less toxic alternative to ethidium bromide, less-harmful “Safe” dyes can be imaged with the EPI Blue LEDs standard in the Azure 280 and all other Azure Imaging Systems.

Figure 1. Saturation detection prevents errors in quantitation. The same Western Blot was imaged on both x-ray film and the Azure Imaging System. The Azure system detects when CCD saturation occurs and calculates an auto-exposure time to avoid saturated bands.
UV Imaging Ethidium Bromide
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Blue Light ImagingSYBR® Safe, SYBR® Gold, SYBR® Green
Blue Light Imaging. SYBR® Safe, SYBR® Gold, SYBR® Green. A less toxic alternative to ethidium bromide, less- harmful “Safe” dyes can be imaged with the EPI Blue LEDs standard in all the systems. Epi Blue is recommended as it delivers superior & uniform illumination with reduced background compared to transilluminated blue light.
Intuitive capture software controlled by a wide touchscreen

The Azure 280 provides high-resolution imaging ideal for publication purposes, as well as higher pixel well cap for higher dynamic range.

Dynamic Range of 4.82 orders of magnitude

4.8 OD Dynamic Range. Field of view: 20.4 x 16.6 cm

Peltier Cooling

-50°C regulated cooling

Compact Design

At 42 x 56 x 33 cm, its small size translates into more room on your bench

Connectivity through WI-FI, Ethernet, and USB with Microsoft Windows10 OS


One year ago (August 2021), we purchased an Azure 280 imaging system from Azure Biosystems. We wanted a low-cost yet high-performance and quantitative Western blot imaging system, and Azure 280 was exactly what we needed. The Azure 280 is easy to use and has identical capabilities as the Azure 300, but it is just not upgradeable. However, we were offered the option to upgrade in the future (if we wanted to) by trade-in. Nathan Hemendinger, the director of Eastern North America at Azure Biosystems was courteous and very accommodating.

Fadi Bou-Abdallah, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, SUNY Potsdam
The Azure 280 Imaging System offers:

Flexibility—High sensitivity and performance for chemiluminescent imaging

Quantitative accuracy—Designed for quantitation, our reagents, imaging system, and software work seamlessly together to help you follow best practices for Western blot publication

Intelligent workflow—Our user interface allows total customization over imaging protocols, while ensuring repeatability from sample to sample. Our systems feature Auto-Focus, Auto-Illumination and Filter Control, and Auto-Image Capture. An integrated touchscreen allows ease of use and it can easily be controlled by an external PC, if required.

Data integrity—Azure Biosystems meets the standards for publication in all major journals, and additionally offers software to enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance.

Works Well with Your Favorite Applications


Document TypeDescription
BrochureAzure Imager BrochureDOWNLOAD
BrochureAzure Imaging Systems Model ConfigurationsDOWNLOAD
User ManualAzure Imaging Systems User ManualDOWNLOAD

Compare Western Blot Imaging Systems

Choose the configuration that supports today’s studies, while maintaining the option to upgrade later on

Upgrades available for chemiluminescence, NIR fluorescence and RGB fluorescence.


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