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Best Nikon D1H SD Memory Cards

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Nikon D1H SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Nikon D1H uses Compact Flash memory cards. 2GB is the max card memory size that is compatible.

A CF card over 2GB will either not be recognized or the D1H will display an error message. Additionally, a memory card will need to be formatted by the camera or using the FAT16 file system.

Verbatim 2GB CompactFlash Card

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Verbatin 2GB CompactFlash card
  • Excellent value.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty.
  • High Performance Controller for demanding applications.
  • Low Power Consumption.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama or KEH

Transcent 2GB CompactFlash Card

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2GB CF card
  • 133X Speed.
  • Data Transfer Rate Up to 12MB/sec.
  • Built In Dynamic Defect Management and Error Correction Technology.
Check prices on: Amazon, Adorama, or KEH

SanDisk 2GB CompactFlash Card

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2GB CF card
  • Fully compatible with an interchangeable in all CompactFlash digital cameras.
  • Operating shock rating of 2,000 Gs, equivalent to a 10-foot drop to the floor.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
Check prices on: Amazon or KEH

Compact Flash Card Types

Compact Flash cards come in two sizes. The cards are referred to as Type I or Type II.

The only difference between the types of cards is how thick they are. The width and length of the cards are identical.

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

The Type II spec was thicker to allow Microdrives to be used in the Nikon D1H. A Microdrive was a small mechanical harddrive.

When CF memory cards were initially launched they had high prices and limited storage capacities. Microdrives made it possible to get large amounts of storage.

Microdrives are no longer being built. Due to their mechanical nature, they often failed. So you can’t even find them used.

Another usage of the Type II sized slot is for Compact Flash adapters. There are adapters that will allow you to use SD or Micro SD cards in a CF slot.

Card Reader

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UGreen Memory Card Reader

The UGREEN 4-in-1 card reader is what I use with my CF cards.

The UGREEN card reader has USB 3.0. Using the card reader will provide transfer rates that are much faster than what the Nikon D1H is capable of.

The card reader can read these memory card types:

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

Avoiding Card Read Errors

A frequent errors with cameras that use CF cards are damaged card slot pins. When a pin is bent, you may see a ‘unable to use card’ error message.

To avoid bending pins, do not force a Compact Flash card into the Nikon D1H. The extra space for a Type II card allows a CF memory card to be misaligned.

If the CF card will not effortlessly slide into the camera slot, remove it and check the alignment of the card. Also, check to see if there is any damage to the card or slot.

If everything looks undamaged, carefully position the compact flash card and try again.