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 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:

SanDisk Ultra 16GB Compact Flash Memory Card

  • Best value for the money.
  • Transfer speeds up to 50MB/s.
  • Excellent reliability.
  • Dependable performance for mid level DSLRs.

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 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:

  • CompactFlash
  • 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.

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:

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

  1. 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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