When buying a trail camera, like buying most things today, someone can be confused which one to buy because there are so many different ones available. Although the choice may be difficult, it is important to make the right choice as the best trail cameras often produce the best shots and that, at the end of the day, is what it is all about.
Trail cameras differ from other more traditional cameras because they are remotely operated or are operated on their own with the assistance of motion detectors. Most of the better trail cameras will also have features which allow them to take night shots and these features include infrared detectors and black and white imaging. Different cameras will allow for motion detectors to be set at differing distances and also wider arcs but all will usually have some sort of sensor system.
These specialist cameras are specially designed to be easily concealed in wilderness settings, settings where wildlife freely abound. Why they use motion detectors to operate the camera lenses is because if a human were taking the picture, the animal would be more alert and not hold a natural pose, if the animal stayed long enough to have its picture taken at all. Due to the cameras being left on their own, it is usual that they are waterproof and weatherproof in other ways plus of course all their accessories also have to be, like the sensors.
Fortunately today, as with many other things, there are websites online which have specifically been designed to assist trail photographers in choosing the right camera for what they need. These specialist websites will usually have reviewed many of the different types and brands of trail cameras and placed their results on the site for photographers to see. Most of these sites will, of course, make their own recommendations as to which trail camera they consider is best, however, as different photographers use different techniques; those recommendations may be ignored by some in preference for what they consider the best themselves.
Whether you think you will follow the recommendations of one of these sites or not, it is always best to read their reviews before buying as sometimes they happen on cameras or features which you may not have been aware of and so may have missed when buying your choice of camera.