I have never owned a Trail Cam. A friend lent me one way back in the dark ages when they first came out and outside of a photos of nothing but falling leaves and an occasional butt end of a deer they were pretty much worthless.
I finally broke down and bought a Cuddeback Ambush RI today. I've been looking at a load of cameras and reading reviews over the years and couldn't resist a price of $129.99 at Dicks on this one. Nothing fancy, but very compact and apparently easy to use.