Many reviewers have commented on the superb image quality of the Nikon D810, even when compared with excellent cameras like the D800E. After taking many images with the D810 I have to say that indeed you get really good photos, even as out-of-camera jpegs. The surprising thing to me was that I could get comparable image quality from earlier and cheaper cameras just by doing a simple adjustment in Lightroom.
Many people describe the photos from the D810 as if a veil has been lifted from the image and the detail you see in the 100 % screen view is crisper and cleaner than ever before. It didn’t take me long to see that the default settings of the D810 include a new “Clarity” adjustment and wondered if this was making the difference.
Naturally, you cannot get 36 megapixels out of 6 megapixels, and modern sensors have a much improved dynamic range; but when applying Clarity to well-exposed, low-ISO photos I was able to get the same crisp and clean look, even from the old jpegs of my lowly Nikon D70.
If you don’t believe me, check the Adobe Lightroom screen captures but remember: this is a subtle effect you can only see at 100 % screen magnification. Take your time as the large image compression in web pages makes it hard to show small details.
Do your own tests later and, please, let me know your results.