Compatible Nikon D1H Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 30, 2019
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Best Nikon D1H Memory Cards

The Nikon D1H can use a CompactFlash card with a maximum storage capacity of 2GB in its single card slot. Attempting to use a card with a capacity greater than 2GB will cause the memory card to not be recognized or an error code will be displayed.

When the Nikon D1H was released in 2001, a CompactFlash card with 2GB of capacity would have been incredible. Now that is considered small as storage capacities are now significantly much larger. In fact, a 1GB card is likely to cost more than a 2GB card.

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

Time to transfer 2GB to a computer:

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

The Nikon D1H 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 D1H 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 produced in large quantities. Manufacturers are focusing on producing higher capacity memory cards.

Consequently, the cost per GB is higher than larger capacity 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 can read four memory card formats. These include all card types camera manufacturers implement in all but their newest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN reader has a USB 3.0 connection. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will have faster transfer rates than what the Nikon D1H can reach in USB transfer mode.

There are plenty of positive customer reviews for the reader, which I agree with. It is a good product because the card reader has worked with all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have tried it with.

The cable keeps card slots from getting in the way of other accessories or devices that are being used in another USB or neighboring port.

When I looked for a card reader that would be better for travel, I needed to return a couple of orders. I encountered the most common problem in customer reviews, the card readers would not work with my computer.

The card reader can use the following memory card formats:

  • 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

Two different types of Compact Flash cards exist. The cards are labeled as Type I or Type II.

Both types of Compact Flash memory cards will fit in the Nikon D1H.

The difference between the types is the thickness of the cards. The width and length of the cards are the same.

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

The Type II spec made it possible to use Microdrives with the Nikon D1H. A Microdrive was just a small mechanical harddrive.

When CF cards were first released they had high prices and did not have large storage capacities. Microdrives allowed for larger amounts of storage.

Microdrives have not been produced for many years. Due to their mechanical nature, they had a high failure rate.

Another usage of the Type II slot is for Compact Flash card adapters. The adapters can allow you to use MicroSD or SD cards in a CF card slot.

Avoiding Card Errors

Nikon CF Memory Card Pins

The most prevalent memory card error is due to damaged pins in the camera's card slot. When this happens in the Nikon D1H, a CHA error will be displayed on the top LCD.

Due to the LCD screen, the error can also look like CHR.

Be gentle when putting a Compact Flash card into the card slot. Never force a CF card into the slot.

If the CF memory card does not seem like it is sliding in correctly, remove it. Check to make sure the alignment is correct and then try again.

If that doesn't work, try a different CF memory card.

Related Cameras

Now you know all the technical specs to look for in a memory card. The 2GB Transcend CF Card the best memory card for the Nikon D1H.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

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