Dale your a Godsend.
I will follow up with those jpegs as you said.
Unfortunately, after I wrote my last post, I checked dpreview feature search, and there is no ultra-compact animal out there at any price (even fixed focal lenght lens), at any pixel count that shoots RAW. (Maybe I can steal the brainwaves from a eagle- LOL) So that idea is out.
Wanting a 28mm lightweight camera with alot of control, I better make up my mind fast, cause I knew when I first saw it, I knew that I'm a lost breed for that marketplace. At first I thought the Panasonic DMC-LX1 was going to be it (engineered more technically efficinet) until the post production model told me 28 mm only works in 16:0 format (what about the top of all those tall trees along with the width of the horizon?)
Jim might have the best idea, if the stitching works ok on the s70 without the tripod. Who would I have to ask for that.? Canon? Canon supposedly made the s80 for stitching very easy with guides in the LCD view display. Oh, and live histograms in the s80? Not that experienced with histograms, want to fully understand it, but once I do, do you think that would do much help in taking the pictures to get the most clarity from darks and lights and/or the lighting mood that I'm trying to capture?
Till we speak again, If I haven't worn out your patience.
Thanks again all,
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