We also tested the Nikon D5300 against the Nikon D7100. Both cameras feature 24-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensors without an AA filter, and, as you might expect, both deliver similar levels of sharpness for a given lens model. When we tested the same Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.8G lens on the two cameras, the D5300 delivered similar, though not quite identical, results to the D7100. There was a slight increase in peak sharpness of just over 1.5P-Mpix (though the graphs show 2P-Mpix, the sharpness score is rounded – in this instance one up, one down).
However, don’t expect to see this advantage recurring throughout the different lens models. Further comparisons with high performing lens models resulted in similar peak sharpness levels, signifying the two cameras are very close in image quality.