“Stable” means “tripod,” by the way.
You can use an ordinary digital camera as an animation camera, as long as you can set it for the proper resolution and remote-shutter it.
The files will come out sequentially numbered and most video editing programs allow you to input a folder full of sequentially numbered frames. Keep in mind that it has to be stable!
In retrospect: When I wrote this tip, digital still cameras were pretty new, and this tip was a way to get around having a big single-shutter camera. If you could remote-bulb your digital camera, great. Nowadays, “there’s an app for that.” Several, in fact.