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For less than the cost of one droplet-based digital PCR system, you can get both a
QuantStudio qPCR and digital PCR (dPCR) system

Get the most comprehensive gene quantification data using both Applied Biosystems™ QuantStudio™ qPCR and dPCR technologies:

  • Use qPCR when you need wide dynamic range and routine quantification quickly and affordably
  • Use dPCR when you need precise quantification for applications such as rare variant analysis or high-precision copy number analysis

Now, for a limited time, get a QuantStudio™ 3 or 5 Real-Time PCR System and a QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System for one low price.*

Digital PCR vs. real-time PCR

As a researcher, you’ve been given many choices in terms of tools and techniques. And for some who are intimately familiar with real-time PCR, you are probably hearing about digital PCR and its emerging applications. So the question is, when do you use one or the other or both.


Real-time PCR—alternately called quantitative polymerase chain reaction or qPCR—is one of the most powerful and sensitive gene analysis techniques, and is used for a broad range of applications. Digital PCR is the next generation of PCR technology involving absolute quantitation of nucleic acid target sequences. As digital PCR gains clout among researchers, many interested scientists ask “When should I choose digital PCR over real-time PCR?”