Compatible Nikon D1 Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 30, 2019
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Best Nikon D1 Memory Cards

The Nikon D1 has one CompactFlash memory card slot that can use a CF card with a maximum storage capacity of 2GB. Trying to use a memory card larger than 2GB will either result in the card not being recognized or the D1 will display an error code.

When the Nikon D1 was released in 1999, a 2GB CompactFlash card would have been amazing. Now that is considered small as storage capacities have grown much larger. In fact, a 1GB card is likely to cost more than a 2GB card.

The main difference in cost between the few 2GB Compact Flash cards available is read and write speeds. When used in a card reader, transferring files is going to be noticeably faster with the Transcend card compared to the Verbatim.

Time to transfer 2GB to a computer:

  • Transcend: 45 seconds
  • Verbatim: 3 minutes, 45 seconds

The Nikon D1 uses the FAT16 file system. Keep that in mind if you have any issues access the files from a computer. As a best practice, format a memory card in the camera you intend to use the card in. This can help to prevent file errors.

Out of the few choices, my recommendation for the best memory card for the Nikon D1 is:

Transcend Compact Flash 2GB 133x

Transcend 2GB CF Memory Card

  • Write Speed 20MB/s.
  • Read Speed 50MB/s.
  • Largest storage capacity supported.
  • Built-in Dynamic Defect Management and Error Correction.
Best Nikon Compact Flash Memory Card

2GB and smaller Compact Flash memory cards are not being made in large volumes. Manufacturers are focusing on producing higher capacity CF memory cards.

Therefore, the cost per GB is higher than larger cards. To save money, don't pass up used cards.

Verbatim Compact Flash 2GB Card

Verbatim 2GB Compact Flash Card

  • Inexpensive and available new.
  • Read Speed 10MB/s.
  • Low Power Usage.
  • Excellent reliability.
Transcend Compact Flash 2GB 133x

Transcend 2 GB 133x Compact Flash Memory Card

  • Write Speed 20MB/s.
  • Read Speed 50MB/s.
  • Largest storage capacity supported.
  • Built-in Dynamic Defect Management and Error Correction.

Memory Card Reader

UGreen 4-in-1 Card Reader
There's a bright blue LED that bothered me. It is now covered in gaff tape.

The UGreen 4-in-1 memory card reader supports four types of memory cards. These cover all memory cards camera manufacturers make use of in all but the newest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN memory card reader connects over USB 3.0. The card reader's USB 3.0 transfer speeds will be faster transfer rates than what the Nikon D1 is capable of using the USB transfer mode.

There are plenty of favorable customer reviews for the UGREEN reader, which I agree with. I would recommend it because it has worked with all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have tried it with.

The cable stops card slots from getting in the way of other accessories or devices that are plugged into a laptop or desktop.

When I looked for a card reader that would be used while traveling, I had to send a couple of orders back. I came across the most common problem mentioned in customer reviews, the card readers would not work with my computer.

The card reader can use the following cards:

  • CompactFlash Cards
  • SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards (UHS-I supported)
  • Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
  • MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards

Compact Flash Card Types

There are two different Compact Flash card types. The cards are called Type I or Type II.

Both types of CF memory cards will fit in the Nikon D1.

What makes the cards different, is how thick they are. The width and length of the cards are the same.

  • Type I - 3.3mm thick
  • Type II - 5mm thick

The Type II specification allowed Microdrives to be used with the Nikon D1. A Microdrive was a compact mechanical harddrive.

When Compact Flash cards were initially released they were expensive and had limited storage capacities. Microdrives were a solution that made it possible to have larger amounts of storage.

Microdrives have not been produced for many years. Due to their mechanical parts, the drives often failed.

Some CF adapters make use of the Type II specification. The adapters allow you to use MicroSD or SD cards in a Compact Flash slot.

Avoiding Card Errors

Nikon CF Memory Card Pins

The most prevalent memory card error is caused by bent pins in the camera's CF card slot. When a memory card can't be read in the Nikon D1, a CHA error code will be displayed on the top LCD screen.

Due to the LCD screen, the error can appear to be CHR.

Be mindful when putting a Compact Flash memory card into the camera. Never force a CF card into the card slot.

If the Compact Flash memory card does not slide in correctly, remove the card. Check the positioning of the card and then attempt to insert the card again.

If that fails, try a different memory card.

Related Cameras

Now you know all the technical specs to look for in a CF memory card. The 2GB Transcend CF Card the best memory card for the Nikon D1.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

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