Picture control settings are only used in Nikon's software... So most people that use LR or PS or DXO... etc. Don't see any real difference. Hope this helps... I use potrait mode most of the time.... I use capture NX2 for most of my quick fixing....
hmmmm...good results by whose standard? I say that because some like sharper images some soft, some brighter colors, etc. In direct response to your question I spent an entire day when I got my D800 just adjusting and 'feeling' the picture control settings. I originally thought they were a bit 'hot' and started out shooting at Natural and all zero defaults. I wanted to see what the D800 would do. After testing out all the settings over a weeks period I came back to what I had on my D90. I like the look of the pics in my LCD and usually only have minor PP adjustments. I found if they didn't look as 'vivid' in my LCD I was tempted to make corrections to WB etc. and that took away from my pic taking time. After the initial D800 anxiety wore off... I went back to what I had used on my D90.
Vivid Sharpness = +5 Contrast = +1 Others + 0
These settings are for bug, scenery and flower pictures. For portraits I would make other adjustments.
Dan (Nikon D800,V2,Sony HX400V,Lumix ZS40) "I don't read, I just look at pictures" - Andy Warhol
I have pretty much been shooting everything with my D800. Most of the time I only increase the sharpness a notch or two. I think that Nikon, in order to get better high ISO results has been using less sharpening as default since the D7000.