The key to a level rotation is to have the tripod perfectly level. Otherwise, the camera will tilt as it pans. It turns out that leveling a tripod is rather difficult since tripods are not designed for precise adjustments. A leveling base placed between tripod legs and the head makes it much easier.
To ensure a perfectly horizontal rotation, it is necessary to have a level on the camera as well as at the base of the tripod head. Certain modern digital cameras have digital-levels built-in. If yours does not, then a level can be easily attached to the hot-shoe. One that measures the tilt separately for each axis is ideal.
Extremely quick leveling base holds over 11kg while weighing 0.24kg. Provides 10° of tilt in any direction.
Heavy-duty and precise leveling base holds 15kg and weights 0.6kg. 5° of tilt in any direction.
3-Axis bubble-level aids in keeping alignment while taking single-row and multi-row panoramas. Fits most hot-shoe except for Sony.
All you really need is a capable digital camera and stitching software. There is plenty of photography gear that can greatly help make a panorama, with a tripod being most beneficial.
Check items below for recommended gear to make capturing panoramic photos much more enjoyable:
High quality panoramas are assembled by specialized image stitching software like the ones reviewed here. Stitching a panorama photo is very complex so the panorama software can make a huge difference.