Sony PDW-F1600



The PDW-F1600 offers multi-format recording flexibility as standard – including SD recording and a frame rate of 23.98P in 1080 mode.

The foundation of the PDW-F1600 deck incorporates the features of the PDW-HD1500, and acts as more than just a 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.


  • High-quality eight-channel (HD-SDI) 24-bit audio recording
  • Handles both the dual-layer disc (PFD50DLA) and single-layer disc (PFD23A)
  • High-speed file transfer
  • RS-422 9-pin remote control interface, which the deck to be used as a feeder for linear editing
  • A wide variety of video and audio inputs and outputs, including two HD-SDI outputs
  • Compatible with XDCAM Carts: the PDJ-C1080 and the PDJ-A640
  • Compact and lightweight: half-rack size and 6.5 kg (14 lb 5 oz)
  • AC, DC or battery powered
  • Built-in audio speaker
  • Low power consumption: 65 W (typical) and 54W (in power save mode)
  • A large easy-to-see 4.3-inch* type color LCD display
  • Trigger REC function (synchronized recording with compatible camcorders**)
  • TBC Control, by front panel operation or remote control panel via RS-422
  • Easy and intuitive search operation
  • Clip Continuous REC function
  • Compatible with the HDCA-702 MPEG TS Adaptor
  • Thumbnail Search function
  • Expand function
  • Equipped with a Jog/Shuttle dial, providing VTR-like operation
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°C to 40°C

42°F to 104°F

Storage Temperature -20°C to +60°C

-4°F to +140°F

Humidity 25% to 90% (relative humidity)
Mass 6.5 kg

14 lb 5 oz

Dimensions (W x H x D) *1 210 x 132 x 396 mm (excluding protrusions)

8 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches (excluding protrusions)

Recording/Playback Format (Video) MPEG HD422 (CBR, 50 Mbps)


– HQ mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 35 Mbps)

– SP mode (CBR, 25 Mbps)

– LP mode (VBR, maximum bit rate: 18 Mbps) *2

MPEG IMX (CBR, 50/40/30 Mbps)

DVCAM (CBR, 25 Mbps)

Recording/Playback Format (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

Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Video) MPEG-4
Recording/Playback Format (Proxy Audio)  A-law (8 ch/8 bits/8 kHz)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD422) 50 Mbps: Approx. 95 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 43 min (PFD23A)
Recording/Playback Time (MPEG HD) 35 Mbps, 4-ch audio: More than 145 min (PFD50DLA), More than 65 min (PFD23A)

35 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 150 min (PFD50DLA), More than 68 min (PFD23A)

25 Mbps, 4-ch audio: Approx. 190 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)

25 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): Approx. 200 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 90 min (PFD23A)

18 Mbps, 4-ch audio (playback only): More than 248 min (PFD50DLA), More than 112 min (PFD23A)

18 Mbps, 2-ch audio (playback only): More than 265 min (PFD50DLA), More than 122 min (PFD23A)

Recording/Playback Time (MPEG IMX) 50 Mbps: Approx. 100 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 45 min (PFD23A)

40 Mbps: Approx. 120 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 55 min (PFD23A)

30 Mbps: Approx. 150 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 68 min (PFD23A)

Recording/Playback Time (DVCAM) 25 Mbps: Approx. 185 min (PFD50DLA), Approx. 85 min (PFD23A)
Search Speed Range (Shuttle Mode) -20 times to +20 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Variable Mode) -2 times to +2 times normal speed
Search Speed Range (Jog Mode) -1 time to +1 time normal speed
Search Speed Range (Fast Forward/Reverse) -35/+35 times normal speed