Most cameras produce panoramic pictures by stitching together a series of separately shot photos. It works, but it takes time, and problems can arise if the photos don’t align perfectly. My preferred method: the unique panoramic feature built into some new Sony point-and-shoots, such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V. When you hold the shutter button down and sweep the camera from side to side or up and down, it quickly takes a series of shots using its burst mode and automatically fuses them together into a panoramic picture. The camera allows you to capture panoramic shots that stretch 270 degrees – a range that far exceeds the abilities of most cameras.