Compatible Nikon D1X Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 30, 2019
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Best Nikon D1X Memory Cards

The Nikon D1X has a single CompactFlash memory card slot that can use a CF card with a max storage capacity of 2GB. Attempting to use a card larger than 2GB will either result in the memory card not being recognized or an error code will show on the display.

When the Nikon D1X 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 in a card reader, transferring files is going to be noticeably faster with the Transcend card compared to the offering from Verbatim.

Time to transfer 2GB to a computer:

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

The Nikon D1X 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 D1X 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 D1X CF Cards

Best Nikon Compact Flash Memory Card

2GB and smaller Compact Flash memory cards are not being manufactured in large volumes. Manufacturers are focusing on producing larger Compact Flash memory cards.

For that reason, the cost per GB is higher than larger capacity cards. To save money, buy 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 their latest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN reader connects over USB 3.0. The card reader's USB 3.0 transfer speeds will be faster transfer rates than what the Nikon D1X can reach in USB transfer mode.

There are plenty of positive customer reviews for the UGREEN reader, which I agree with. I would recommend it because the reader has been recognized by all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have used with it.

The cable keeps card slots from getting in the way of other devices or accessories that are plugged in.

When I searched for a more compact card reader that would be better for travel, I needed to return a couple of orders. I encountered the most commonly seen problem in customer reviews, the memory card readers were not recognized by my computer.

The UGREEN card reader is compatible with the memory cards below:

  • 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 Compact Flash card types. The cards are labeled as Type I or Type II.

Both types of Compact Flash memory cards will fit in the Nikon D1X.

The difference between the types is the thickness of the cards. All other dimensions of the CF cards are the same.

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

The Type II spec was so that Microdrives could be used with the Nikon D1X. A Microdrive was a little mechanical harddrive.

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

Microdrives have not been manufactured for many years. Part of the reason they are no longer used is that they had a high failure rate.

Some CF adapters make use of the Type II specification. An adapter can make it possible to use a MicroSD or SD card in a CF card slot.

Avoiding Card Errors

Nikon CF Memory Card Pins

The most prevalent CF memory card error is due to bent pins in the camera's card slot. When a memory card can not be read in the Nikon D1X, a CHA error will be displayed on the top LCD.

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

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

If the Compact Flash card does not slide in correctly, remove it. Check the orientation of the card and then try to insert the card again.

If that does not work properly, try a different CF memory card.

Related Cameras

Now you know all the tech specifications to look for in a CF card. The 2GB Transcend CF Card the best memory card for the Nikon D1X.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

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