For 15 years I taught and conducted at the New England Music Camp where a 200 person or so group portrait was taken twice every summer by a local Waterville, ME photographer. The guy used a 50+ years old banquet camera (though that was over 20 years ago) and the portraits were wonderful. At least one counselor would run from one end to the other during the several second traverse of the group the camera would make (in concert clothes in the middle of a usually hot and sunny afternoon after a big noon meal). The contact prints were sharp as a tack and wonderful.
I guess one can take digigraphs and stitch them together ...but there's simply no way it's the same thing..NO WAY!