I just tried out stitching panoramic images with the Hugin software for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Linux. Here are two pan shots.
The first is at the North Avenue-Edsa area taken at SM -City. From 5 photos!
The second is at Philcoa area. From 3 photos.
All photos taken with Olympus VG-110.
You dont have to buy a panoramic camera just to have simple pan shots. However, an inexpensive SONY camera will take smoother panoramic images.