I'm so excited about this that I just have to post about it...
I've been using -1 sharpness (and -1 contrast) on my camcorder (Canon HF100) for a while, but I just thought this evening to see what the difference is in more detail... (all footage was shot progressive)
(MIDDLE: default camcorder settings, RIGHT: -1 sharpness, LEFT: -1 sharpness, plus minimal sarpness in post)
-1 sharpness + minimal sharpness in post.
I was amazed when I saw the results.
I know I shouldn't fuss about quality, but this detail boost is certainly a welcome discovery! It might be useful for other people to know.
What's happening here is (I think), the camcorder is applying a silly enhance filter, and at -1 sharpness it's disabled. When sharpened with a superior filter in post, there's more detail.
Anyone else got some good theories?