SL ATTANAPOLA , Mar 22, 2005; 07:30 a.m.
You can create panoramas with any digital camera.All you need is stitching software on your pc or mac.Even though it is more convenient in camera I would imagine better panaoramas would be produced off camera due to the greater processing power. I have used this method myself personally. Try to use a tripod when taking the pictures since even the best software will not make up for poorly align pictures.
The Pentax Optio series like some other cameras have a panorama mode which superimposes a part of the pic you previously taken over the one you currently taking to help you align the pic.
Try to get a camera with a 28mm lens such as those made by Olmypus,nikon or Ricoh.Nikon also produce the Coolpix 8400 which is the only digital compact with a 24mm lens.