Sorry to reply to myself but I thought I would add a little more info. First, the image quality could be improved by me adding more light to the room but I always prefer to practice in a semi-dark atmosphere, as you can see, I also have lights flashing on and off as well. On Youtube, the image quality seems to default to 360p but if viewed on full screen, it should automatically adjust up to 720HD.
I guess the main reason for posting is to demonstrate the very reasonable sound handling from those tiny on-board mics. It certainly makes producing these musical 'sketches' very simple indeed, even for me who can't spare the time to be messing around with all kinds of technical stuff for hours, ha,ha.
I also tried ones in black and white and also in the sepia effect which both came out pretty good. I sometimes use a looper to give myself a backing track to play to. I mention this because this then includes a simple drum beat and also bass which the Lumix seems to cope pretty well with also.
Ok,enough said for now.
I'll let you be the judge.
After reading lots of reviews on the Panasonic Lumix ZS7, I eventually bought one with the prime use being to take still photos. However, I found myself using it more and more as a video camera and came back from a visit to Cornwall with loads of excellent video memories of our time there.
I am a musician and for a while have been pondering uploading some simple 'practice session' videos of my playing onto Youtube.
Well, it turns out that this small camera works really well and is so easy to use for this application. I just mount it on a tripod, point it at me playing the guitar and that's it done. The music is all live and played through my Bose L1 system but all the sound is captured through the camera's own built in stereo mics.
Just thought this might be useful for anyone considering a camera for this type of function. If interested, I have ten videos on Youtube,search "DaktariSchofield",all recorded the same way. This is really to show the camera's capability for this use in the hands of a non-technical owner which is definately me.
Hope this might be of use to someone.
All the best, Gordon.