I have a general question regarding optical zooming.
By taking an optically zoomed picture, the result is essentially a fixed-size picture that cuts off the surroundings in order to zoom in on a part of the image. Is there a way to take an optically zoomed picture but include the cut-off surroundings (IE. Optically zoom the entire field of view seen before zooming)? This would create a larger picture that could be panned.