Most panoramas can easily be shot by hand but what happens if you want to shoot a multi-row pano? What if you want to create a truly "gigapixel" image that could require over 100 images? You're going to need some hardware to help.
Syrps Genie Mini II is a modular rotating cylinder. By mounting your camera to a single Genie Mini II you could automatically pan a camera from side to side quickly, for a panning shot in video, or slowly, to create a panning time-lapse. But if you connect two Genie Mini IIs together with a pan and tilt bracket you can both pan and tilt your camera.
1. Set your camera to full manual exposure and turn autofocus off
2. Plug the camera into one of the Genie Mini IIs
3. Using Syrp's smartphone app you simply connect to both Genie Mini IIs via Bluetooth
4. Click "Create Content" and then "Panorama"
5. Choose your camera's sensor size
6. Choose your lenses focal length
7. Set the start and endpoint by moving the camera to the upper left and then bottom right portion of your frame
8. Set the "wait time" to allow the camera enough time in-between each shot (more time for longer exposures)
9. Press the record button
At this point the Genie II system will do all of the work taking the images and moving the camera in between shots. To create a higher-resolution image that requires more images, all you have to do is use a longer focal length by either zooming in or using a longer lens.
Currently, the easiest way I have found to stitch a panorama together is with Adobe Lightroom. Simply highlight all of the images, right-click, and go to "Photomerge - Panorama." If you do this with raw files, Lightroom will create a fully editable DNG file with all of the latitude of your original raw files.
To take things one step further, you can add a linear unit and a slider to this setup to add even more movement. You can check out my last video on that setup below.