With 'so I don't have to do anything when I start a panorama' I mean that after I have set all the settings, I can press a button and the panogear and camera will follow the commands and starts shooting all the pictures.
The Merlin/Panogear mount is the least expensive robotic panohead able to handle a DSLR for shooting Mosiac (partial panos witha FOV of less than 360x180) and Spehrical panos. The Merlin/Panogear mount was designed for use with astro-telescopes not specifically as a robotic panohead. It offers very good price-performance but it's not the fastest robotic panohead nor can it handle very heavy gear, nor can you position many of the larger DSLRs at the NPP without mofications to the mount. It also has quite a large nadir footprint compared to manual panoheads and the more expensive robotic pano heads.
The Panogear mount can be controlled in two different ways.
One way is to use the free Papywizard software running on a Windows, Mac OSX or Linux PC, either via a wired connection of a Bluetooth wireless connection,or on a Nokia N800 or N810 Intenet Tablet via a wireless Bluetooth connevtion.
The alternative is to use the wired connection Panogear/T&C Touch Controller. This enables the Merlin/Panogear mount to run a lttle faster in some circumstances.
When shooting spherical panos you use the Papywizard software in Preset mode, this shoots a user (pre)defined pattern enabling you to have fewer shots in rows approaching the nadior and zenith rathetr thasnhooting a simple regular grid/matrix.
The Panogear/T&C Touch Comtroller automatically calculates optimised shooting patterns for Mosiac and Sphericals based on parameters eneterd for the camera/lens setup you are using.
If you have the budget and would like a robotic head specifically designed for pano shooting then take a look look at the upcoming Panoneed robotic head from T&C, or the Seitz VRDrive 2, or the MKPanomachine 8.
The Gigapan range of robotic heads are not designed to shoot spherical panos.
"I thought PS Remote could do that?" I think I said it wrong. What I now do is pointing the camera with my nodal ninja, press F8 on my laptop, PS remote lets my G10 take 3 photo's with different shuttertimes, I turn the camera to the next angle and repeat.
What advantage does that offer over the built ib AEB functionalty of the G10?
"What lens(es) do you have available for these cameras?"
For the Canon a standard one, 18mm (cannot say which one exactly, it's at work)
Nikon: 16-85mm 1:3.5-5.6G ; 50mm f/1.8D ; 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G and 300mm f/4D
Hmmmm...even with the shortest focal length amongst these you are going to need quite a lot of images to cover 360x180. But I gues syou know that as you are used to shooting with the G10.
I do both outdoor and indoor, with the g10 that is not a problem, because I always shoot with the camera at the nodal point.
Why are we now focussing discussion on using a DSLR rather than your G10?