Sony PDWF1600
HD Recording Deck


The PDW-F1600 is a compact HD recorder which provides outstanding picture quality of MPEG HD422 as well as an eight-channel (HD-SDI), 24-bit audio recording capability.
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The PDW-F1600 is a compact HD recorder which provides outstanding picture quality of MPEG HD422 as well as an eight-channel (HD-SDI), 24-bit audio recording capability. The foundation of the PDW-F1600 deck incorporates the features of the PDW-HD1500, and acts as more than just file-based recording deck. With its insert/assemble editing capability, it can be used as a recorder in a linear editing system - just like a conventional VTR. 23.98P and SD legacy formats are supported as standard. What's unique about this deck is its ability to operate on AC, DC or power. With its large 4.3-inch* LCD and built-in speaker, it performs as a versatile and high-quality recorder which is suitable for both in-house and field operations. It comes equipped with a multi-format up/down converter, which is highly useful when employing both HD- and SD-format materials at the same time. *Measured diagonally.


  • Recording Bit Rates  MPEG-2 422p @ HL format - Bit rate is 50Mbps for both 1080 and 72 - Audio Format 24bit x 8ch (PDW-700 can record up to 4ch Audio at the same time)
  • Multi-Format & Legacy Format Support  Legacy formats (DVCAM, MPEG IMX® 30/40/50 Mbps, MPEG HD 420 18*/25/35Mbps) are supported for both recording and playback as standard.
  • Record Time  Longer recording time with the Dual Layer Professional Disc Media. The single layer disc is also supported 50GB: Single layer (23.3GB) Dual MPEG HD 422 (50Mbps) Approx. 43 min. Approx. 95 min. MPEG HD 420 (35Mbps) Approx. 60 min. Approx. 145 min MPEG HD 420 (25Mbps)Approx. 90 min. Approx. 190 min MPEG IMX (50Mbps) Approx. 45 min.Approx. 100 min. DVCAM Approx. 85 min. Approx. 185 min.
  • Compact and Light Weight Design  Half rack size - Weight : 6.5Kg
  • 3 types of power supply  AC / DC / Battery
  • Well-constructed Body  Tilt up front panel.
  • 3.5-inch* Widescreen  An easy-to-view color LCD screen provided on the camcorder side panel enables advanced operations such as Thumbnail Search and Scene Selection. Status indicators such as four-channel audio meters, and disc and battery remaining time can also be displayed. Camera set-up menus can be displayed, too. *Viewable area measured diagonally.
  • Dual Optical Pick-up  Provides High speed file transfer - FTP Get speed(through Gb-Ethernet) : 220Mbps - i.Link read speed : 200Mbps
  • Easy and Intuitive Search Operation  Thumbnail Search function - Expand function - Equipped with a Jog/Shuttle dial, providing VTR-like operation (Jog: -1 to +1 time normal speed, Variable: -2 to 2 times
  • Built-in Multi Format Converter  The following conversion is possible in Playback mode: Downconversion from HD to SD, Upconversion from SD to HD, Cross conversion between 1080 and 720 *Available fall 2008
  • Video Process Control  Front panel operation using the function keys & mlti-dial 9pin video control remote
  • Control for Linear Editing Player  RS-422A control for linear editing player
  • Advanced Clip Operation  Thumbnail search, “Expand” thumbnail search, Skip scroll, etc - Remote Recording over HD-SDI connection (with PDW-700 and HDW camcorders) - PDW-HD1500 can be installed into the XDCAM CART (for both PDJ-C1080 and PDJ-A640)
  • Insert/Assemble edit function  F1600 can be used as a recorder of linear editing System.
  • Clip Continuous REC  This mode allows users to create a single, large clip with multiple rec. start & stop. The Rec. start Essence Mark (EM) is recorded to every rec. start frame. The benefits of using this mode are: - Capable of having more than 300 “takes” on a disc - Faster transfer speed by sending a single clip. (No over-head for file open/close process)


  • General Specifications:
  • Power Requirements  AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, DC 12 V
  • Power Consumption  AC: 80 W, DC: 65 W, SAVEMODE(DC): 55 W
  • Operating Temperature  +5 to +40°C (+41 to +104°F)
  • Storage Temperature  -20 to +60°C (-4 to +140°F)
  • Humidity  25 to 90% (relative humidity)
  • Mass  6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) (Excluding Protrusions)  210 x 132 x 396 mm (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches)
  • Recording/Playback Format
  • Video: MPEG HD422 (CBR: 50 Mb/s)
  • MPEG HD: HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mb/s) SP mode (CBR, 25 Mb/s) LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mb/s) (Playback only) MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mb/s) DVCAM (25 Mb/s)
  • Proxy Video: MPEG-4
  • Audio: MPEG HD422: 8 ch/24 bits/48 kHz
  • MPEG HD: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
  • MPEG IMX: 4 ch/24 bits/48 kHz or 8 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
  • DVCAM*: 4 ch/16 bits/48 kHz
  • Proxy Audio: A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
  • Recording/Playback Time
    MPEG HD422: 50 Mb/s: Approx. 95 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min. (PFD23A)
  • MPEG HD:
    35 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min. (PFD23A)
    35 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min. (PFD23A)
    25 Mb/s, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
    25 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min. (PFD23A)
    18 Mb/s, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min. (PFD23A)
    18 Mb/s, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min. (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min. (PFD23A)
    50 Mb/s: Approx. 100 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min. (PFD23A)
    40 Mb/s: Approx. 120 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min. (PFD23A)
    30 Mb/s: Approx. 150 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min. (PFD23A)
  • DVCAM:
    25 Mb/s: Approx. 185 min. (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min. (PFD23A)
    Search Speed Range  Jog mode:
    -1 to +1 times normal speed
  • Variable mode:
    -2 to +2 times normal speed
  • Shuttle mode:
    -20 to +20 times normal speed:
  • F.Fwd/Rev: -35 to +35 times normal speed

Inputs/Outputs Specifications

  • Reference Input  BNC x 2 (including loop through), HD/SD
    HD Tri-level sync (0.6 Vp-p/75 O/negative), HD/SD
    or SD blackburst/composite sync (0.286 Vp-p/75 O/negative), HD/SD
  • SDI Input  BNC x 1, HD
    (HD/SD switchable)
    SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
    SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), HD
  • Analog Audio Input  XLR 3-pin (female) x 2 (channel selectable)
    +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable)
    10 kO, balanced
  • Digital Audio Input (AES/EBU)  BNC (x2) - 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch) AES-3id-1995
  • Time Code Input  BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 0.5 to 18 Vp-p/3.3 kO/unbalanced
  • Composite Ouput  BNC (x2)
    1: 1.0 Vp-p/75 O/negative, SMPTE 170M
    2: 1.0 Vp-p/75 O/negative, SMPTE 170M ,character On/Off
  • SDI Output  BNC (x 2), HD
    1: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), HD
    2: SMPTE 292M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, HD
  • BNC (x 2), SD
    1: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), SD
    2: SMPTE 259M (w/embedded audio), character On/Off, SD
  • Analog Audio Output  XLR 3-pin (male) x 2 (channel selectable)
    +4/0/-3/-6 dBu (selectable), 600 O, Lo-Z, balanced
  • Monitor Audio  XLR 3-pin (male) x 2, +4 dBu, 600O, Lo-Z, balanced
  • Digital Audio Output (AES/EBU)  BNC (x2) - 4 ch (2 ch each, 1/2 ch and 3/4 ch) AES-3id-1995
  • Headphone Output  JM-60 Stereo phone jack x 1
    -13 dBu, 8 O, unbalanced
  • Time Code Output  BNC x 1, SMPTE time code, 1.0 Vp-p/75 O/unbalanced
  • Video Control  D-sub 9-pin (female) x 1, EIA RS-423
  • i.LINK  IEEE 1394 6-pin x 1*
    File Access Mode
    (Option: PDBK-201) HDV 1080i/720P IN/OUT
    *AV/C (DV) stream is NOT supported.
  • Ethernet  RJ-45 x 1
    1000Base-T: IEEE802.3ab
    100Base-TX: IEEE802.3u
    10Base-T: IEEE802.3
  • Remote (9P) Input  D-sub, 9-pin (female) (x1), RS-422A
  • DC Input (12 V)  XLR 4-pin (male) x 1
  • DC Output (12 V)  4-pin (female) x 1, DC 12 V, 7.5 W
  • Maintenance  USB x 2
  • AC Input  x 1, 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz

Video Performance Specifications

  • Sampling Frequency  Y: 74.25 MHz, Pb/Pr: 37.125MHz
  • Quantization  8 bits/sample
  • Error Correction  Reed Solomon Code

Processor Adjustment Range Specifications

  • Video Level  -8 to +3 dB
  • Chroma Level  -8 to +3 dB
  • Setup/Black Level  ±30 IRE/±210 mV
  • Chroma Phase  ±30°
  • System Sync Phase  ± 15 µs
  • System Sync Phase (Fine)  0 to 400 ns
  • System SC Phase  0 to 400 ns

Audio Performance Specifications

  • Sampling Frequency  48 kHz
  • Quantization  24 bits
  • Frequency Response  20 Hz to 20 kHz +0.5/-1.0 dB (0 dB at 1 kHz)
  • Dynamic Range  More than 90 dB
  • Distortion  Less than 0.05% (at 1kHz)
  • Headroom  20/18/16/12 dB (selectable)

Built-In Display Specifications

  • Built-In Display  4.3-inch type color LCD monitor

Built-In Audio Speaker Specifications

  • Built-In Audio Speaker  x1, monaural

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