HD is really only used to describe video resolution, so in that context, yes, the W560 provides HD sweep panorama photos. However, that is not the same thing as the full resolution of the digital imaging sensor of the camera. The W560 has a 14.1 MP sensor. There are four available sweep panorama sizes, none which are larger than 14.1 MP. The widest panorama of 268deg is sized 7152 x 1080, or 7.7 MP.
I believe only the higher-end Sony HX and WX series cameras offer high resolution panoramas.
does anyone know if the sweep panorama is hd, i thought i read something that its 43mp. or is it lower quality?