Compatible Nikon D2H Memory Cards

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 2, 2019
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Best Nikon D2H Memory Cards

The Nikon D2H has only one CompactFlash card slot that can use cards with a capacity up to 32GB. Using larger capacity cards will cause the camera to experience an error.

Maximum memory card capacity is limited because the Nikon D2H uses the FAT32 file system.

New CompactFlash cards are considerably bigger than what the Nikon D2H can use. Due to capacity being limited, the only specs that will have a noticeable difference between CompactFlash cards are read and write speeds. A card with a faster transfer speed can save considerable amounts of time waiting for photos to transfer.

Calculated time required to transfer 32GB:

  • 160MB/s - 3 minutes 45 seconds
  • 120MB/s - 5 minutes
  • 50MB/s - 12 minutes

This is my recommendation for the best CF card for the Nikon D2H:

SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card 32GB

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF Card

  • Read speeds up to 160MB/s.
  • Write speeds up to 150MB/s.
  • Water, x-ray, & shock proof.
Best Nikon Compact Flash Memory Card

The best CF memory card to use with the Nikon D2H for the money is going to be either 16GB or 32GB. Cards with lower capacities than that are often more expensive.

You should also take into account compatibility with a future camera. Having a CF memory card with higher transfer rates will reduce the need to buy a second CF card with an upcoming camera.

Recommended CF Cards

Lexar Professional CompactFlash Card 1066X 32GB

Lexar Professional 1066x 32GB CompactFlash Card

  • Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
  • Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash card 32gb

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 CompactFlash Card 16gb

SanDisk Ultra 16GB CompactFlash Card

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

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 use four memory card formats. These cover all memory cards camera manufacturers make use of in all but their newest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN memory card reader has a USB 3.0 connection. The card reader's USB 3.0 transfer speeds will be faster transfer speeds than what the Nikon D2H is capable of in USB transfer mode.

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

The cable prevents memory card slots from interfering with other devices or accessories that are being used in an neighboring port.

When I looked for a smaller card reader that would be easier to travel with, I had to go through the return process with several orders. I encountered the most common problem in customer reviews, the readers were not recognized by my computer.

The ugreen reader is compatible with 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

D2H Firmware Update

You can get the latest firmware for the D2H directly From Nikon.

You will need a Compact Flash memory card in order to update the camera's firmware. Additionally, a USB cable or CF card reader will be required to get the file to update the firmware onto the card.

Compact Flash Card Types

Two different types of CF cards exist. A card is either Type I or Type II.

Both types of memory cards can be used in the Nikon D2H.

What makes the cards different, is their thickness. The width and length of the CF cards are the same.

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

The Type II standard allowed Microdrives to be used with the Nikon D2H. A Microdrive was a little mechanical hard drive.

When CF cards were initially released they were expensive and had limited storage capacities. Microdrives allowed for larger amounts of storage.

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

Another usage of the Type II slot is for CF card adapters. An adapter will make it possible to use a MicroSD or SD card in a Compact Flash slot.

Avoiding Card Read Errors

Nikon CF Memory Card Pins

The most common memory card error is due to damaged pins in the camera's memory card slot. When this happens in the Nikon D2H, a CHA error will be shown on the LCD.

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

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

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

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

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 D2H memory card.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

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