We compared sharpness data between the Nikon D5200 and the older D7000, which featured a similar Sony 16-MPix sensor with low pass filter to that of the D5100. As expected, there was a substantial increase in sharpness (expressed in our graph as P-MPix), though the amount varies from model-to-model, and depends on the design of the lens. Newer lens models are usually re-computed to achieve higher resolution, and aren’t necessarily all high-grade models, though it’s more likely that modern high-grade lenses will out-perform more modest models. On the best performing lenses in our database, the increase in sharpness was around 10% on average over the discontinued 16-MPix D7000.
While the D5200 shows a substantial increase in sharpness levels over the D7000 with a wide-range of lenses, we also compared the same data and lenses with the D7100. The removal of the low pass filter accounts for a further increase in sharpness.
And, it’s not insignificant either, averaging around an 18% increase over the D5200 with the better lenses. Little wonder the new Nikon D5300 will ship with same filter-less 24-MPix sensor as the D7100.