The Compact digimage system is a complete and compact gel documentation system with a digital control panel. The system uses a digital camera for image capture. The system is equipped with a built-in UV trans-illuminator and a large 8” TFT colorful screen for gel observation. Its side access design provides a safe and convenient way for the user to recover agarose gel bands. For a low budget and limited space, the Compact digimage system can be operated without a computer. A variety of images can captured including: agarose and other fluorescent gels, colorimetric gels, autoradiography film, and blotting membrane. A safety switch is equipped to turn off the UV trans-illuminator automatically when the front door is opened. Files can be saved in a variety of formats, including RAW format, for transfer to a computer for storage and analysis. The Digimage system can also directly connect to any BNC thermal printer for printing the result immediately.