Best Nikon D200 Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: December 5, 2019
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Best Nikon D200 Memory Card

The maximum size Compact Flash memory card you can use in the Nikon D200 is 32GB.

The size limitation comes from the D200's use of the FAT32 file system. This is the file system the camera will use when formatting a card.

You may be able to use larger cards, but they will be limited to storing 32GB worth of photos. There may also be problems that slow down the performance of the card.

It is not recommended to use a Compact Flash card larger than 32GB.

My recommendation for the best Compact Flash card to use in the Nikon D200:

SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Card

  • Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
  • Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
  • Water, x-ray, & shock proof.
Best Nikon Compact Flash Memory Card

The best CF cards are going to be 16GB or 32GB. Cards with smaller capacities than that are often equal in price or more expensive.

You should also think about compatibility with a future camera. Having a high-speed card will remove the need to buy one with another camera.

Recommended CF Cards

SanDisk Extreme 32GB Compact Flash Card

  • Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
  • Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
  • Sustained data recording of 20MB/s.
  • Water, x-ray, & shockproof.

SanDisk Ultra 16GB CompactFlash Card

  • Speeds up to 50MB/s.
  • Excellent reliability and value.
  • Ideal for mid-range DSLRs.

Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB CompactFlash Card

  • Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
  • Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.

SD to Compact Flash Card Adapter

  • Cheap option if you already have an SD card.
  • Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC cards with a 128GB max.
  • CF Type 1 size.
  • A MicroSD version is available.

Card Reader

UGREEN CF Card Reader

The UGREEN 4-in-1 card reader is what I have been using for compact flash cards.

While I'm not blown away by the quality, it hasn't broken after a couple of years of use. That's more than I can say for other memory card readers.

One thing I dislike about the card reader is the blue LED that lights up when it is plugged into a USB port. I found it so distracting, I covered it with a piece of gaff tape.

The UGREEN reader connects to a computer via USB 3.0. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will be faster than any card you can get that is compatible with the Nikon D200.

It also supports the following 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

Compact Flash Card Types

Compact Flash cards come in two different thicknesses. They are referred to as Type I or Type II.

The other dimensions of the CF cards will be the same.

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

Avoiding Card Read Errors

Nikon CF Memory Card Pins

The most common problem with cameras that use CF cards is bent card slot pins. When a pin is bent, a CHA error will appear instead of the number of shots left on the card.

To avoid bent pins, never force a Compact Flash card into the D200. There is extra room for Type II cards, which can cause a card to not be aligned properly.

If a card does not go in smoothly, take it out. Check the orientation of the card as well as if there is any damage to the sides of the card.

Once you've verified everything is correct, try to insert the card again.

Related Cameras

That's all you need to know about Compact Flash card technical specifications, which is why the SanDisk Extreme 32GB CF Card is the best Nikon D200 memory card.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

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