John, as you pointed out, my initial results at HDR with this little camera were poor. In aviation I had what is known as a 'finger problem'... I couldn't put my fingers in the proper place on the camera. The initial image was bracketed with three shots covering four stops. This is far too taxing for the software as there is not enough information in shadows and highlights for smooth merging. Subsequently I've found that it is pretty easy to get nine shots bracketed one stop apart using the camera's EV offset function. Set up three shots with one stop bracketing, then twist the EV adjust to -3, 0, and +3 for each panoramic view. Sample attached.