Nikon D70s Memory Card Compatibility & Recommendations

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 18, 2019
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Nikon D70s Compact Flash Memory Cards

The Nikon D70s has a single card slot and can use CompactFlash memory cards that are up to 128GB in storage capacity. Type I or II CF memory cards can be used and the camera is UDMA compatible.

The main spec to find when comparing memory cards for the Nikon D70s is the read speed of the CF card. For example, the fastest CF memory cards available can save minutes over slower cards when the card is completely full of images.

If you just want to know what a good card for the camera is, my recommendation:

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.

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 supports four different types of memory cards. These include all card formats camera manufacturers make use of in all but the newest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN reader has a USB 3.0 connection. Transfer speeds over USB 3.0 will have faster transfer speeds than what the Nikon D70s can achieve in USB transfer mode.

There are overwhelmingly favorable customer reviews for the UGREEN card reader, which I agree with. I would recommend it because the card reader has worked with all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have used with it.

The cable keeps card slots from being blocked by other accessories or devices that are being used in an neighboring port.

When I looked for a smaller card reader that would be used for travel, I needed to return a couple of orders. I came across the most frequently found problem in customer reviews, the memory card readers would not work with my computer.

The UGREEN card reader can be used with the 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

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.

Related Cameras

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.

Here are cameras with similar memory card requirements:

4 comments on “Nikon D70s Memory Card Compatibility & Recommendations”

  1. I have Nikon D70S that I purchased 15 years ago and served me well. However, I have been getting a storage disk error. I tried formatting the disk and also visited the local (am in India) camera repair shop. I am not able to find a microdrive to replace the existing one. Any suggestions to fix this are greatly appreciated.

  2. I recently received a Nikon D70 hand-me-down with a bunch of equipment. I'm good with it as I thought my daughter and I could learn and "play" with it. Yay for me, except it didn't have a CF card with it, so I did a little research (before I found your site) and ironically purchased the exact card you recommend. Unfortunately, all I get is the CHA error. The camera has the old firmware, so I'm wondering if the card I purchased will work if I upgrade to 2.0?

    Any links/insight/help with this camera would be most appreciated. I am a complete novice. Thank you!

    1. A 16GB card will work with 2.0 firmware.

      The files for the update are about 2MB. I'd recommend a card that is 2GB or smaller for performing the firmware update. Whatever is the cheapest card you can find.

      You can look at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, swap meets, Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, or even try asking the organizer of a photography meet-up. Also, be on the lookout for a tripod.

      After the upgrade, you can sell the card or keep it around for the next camera you come across.

      Flea markets, swap meets, and traveling to new places (even if they are close to you) are great for photography and having fun adventures.

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