I do it both manually and using the automatic feature. In either case, it is important to keep the camera at the same height and pivot gradually. Especially when using the automatic feature, the best way to shoot is landscape.
I have played with vertical panorama as well. What you want to do is experiment with the feature in every way imaginable and see what happens. This is how you become familiar with the camera's capacity and limitations - and what tricks you may be able to employ to accomplish what you want.
Taking pictures of properties on corners is still difficult, but I am working on it.
There is no viewfinder, but I think the screen is easy on the eyes. Also, you can adjust the brightness of the display.
Speaking of vision issues, I have to wear reading glasses for things up close. I should wear bifocals, but I am chilling on replacing an expensive pair I just lost recently. I will probably going to graduated contacts. Enough of that. I sometimes do not have the readers handy when I shoot, and things look blurry - mainly in low light situations. I have learned that I can trust the camera's auto focus, and just have to make sure I have the zoom and framing I want. Very rarely do I come away with less than sharp lines, unless conditions are such that I expected them. However, I have been pleasantly surprised in most cases by the sharp lines this camera produces when there should be everything but.
i am not aware of this option as i haven't really read the owners manual. i know i plug the camera into the computer and it will download the pics, then i can throw them up on the cloud and use them across all my devices. i just got the camera so i can stick it in my pocket and get a good pic when i travel.