You got that cheap camera or a phone cam and there you are standing in front of an amazing vista.  Seems that no way are you going to be able to capture it with those kinds of cameras. 

Image Composite Editor

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

Forum: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ice/threads

Latest features:

  • Stitch directly from a video (only on Windows 7, all though give it a try in Windows 8)
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialog to control memory usage and scratch disk locations