I intend to use my camera to film stop-motion. However, I am aware DSLRs are the preferred for this but they aren't particularly practical as an everyday camera from my experience due to the weight/bulk (like lugging a suitcase around). A problem with compact cameras is the limited control over settings. This is particularly a problem in stop-motion animation where the focus etc. needs to remain the same throughout the filming unless I change them manually.
Since I'll be taking two shots of the subject, moving my hand into the frame to manipulate the stop-motion puppet, then taking two shots, and so on. The problem is if the camera changes settings automatically relative to my hand the result is a fluctuating effect on the final composite animation. How do I lock off the settings sufficiently to prevent issues like this? Flickering tends to ruin my animations.
This is my latest attempt: https://imgur.com/AWslKgt