The Nikon D70s memory card slot can fit type I and type II CompactFlash (CF) memory cards.
CompactFlash cards with up to a 137GB capacity can be used. However, those cards are going to be expensive compared to the value of a D70s.
If you just want to know what a good card for the camera is, my recommendation:
- Best value for the money.
- Transfer speeds up to 50MB/s.
- Excellent reliability.
- Dependable performance for mid level DSLRs.
Recommended CF Cards
- Read speeds up to 120MB/s.
- Write speeds up to 85MB/s.
- Sustained data recording of 20MB/s.
- Water, x-ray, & shockproof.
- Speeds up to 50MB/s.
- Excellent reliability and value.
- Ideal for mid-range DSLRs.
- Transfer speeds up to 160MB/s.
- Video Performance Guarantee sepc VPG 65.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
- 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.
The UGREEN 4-in-1 card reader is what I use for compact flash cards. It isn't amazing, but it is better than other card readers I have owned in the past.
The only problem I have with the card reader is the bright blue LED. I found it very distracting. A small piece of gaff tape solved the problem.
It uses USB 3.0 to connect to a computer. That provides a fast enough connection to where the card reader won't be a bottleneck during file transfers.
Supported card types:
- SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, MS XC DUO
- MicroSD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC
Image Capacity Recommendation
16 GB is the sweet spot for storage capacity vs price. You don't need to break the bank on a CF card for a Nikon D70s.
Smaller capacity Compact Flash cards are not being manufactured anymore. You can find them used, but they tend to be close in price to a new 16GB card.
Also, I recommend avoiding used memory cards. The more a card has been used, the more likely a problem will occur.
Planning a Camera Upgrade?
Keep in mind that Nikon cameras that are good candidates to upgrade to will use SD memory cards.
Don't invest heavily in a memory card that you won't be able to use in a future upgrade.
Compact Flash Card Types
Type I or Type II CompactFlash cards will fit in the camera. The only difference between those is the thickness of the card.
- Type I - 3.3mm thick
- Type II - 5mm thick
A MicroDrive could also be used, but they are a bad choice. They are small mechanical hard drives which means they are prone to damage. Plus, they are no longer produced so finding a working one will be difficult.
Avoiding Card Errors
The most common error with CF cards is caused by bent pins in the camera's card slot. If this occurs in the D70s, the LCD will show a CHA error.
Be careful and gentle when inserting a CF card into the camera. You do not need to use much force to get a card inserted.
If the card does not seem like it is going in correctly, remove it. Check the orientation is correct and then try again.
Now you know all the technical specs to look for in a memory card. The SanDisk Ultra 16GB is the Best Nikon D70s memory card.
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