A trail camera set up at a particular spot in the woods to monitor wildlife patterns isn’t just the next best thing to being there. It can actually be better than being there. That’s because trail cams don’t spread scent, shift around in a stand, burp, fart, sneeze, or nod off. They don’t scare animals, but they do allow you to make an extremely accurate assessment of what’s in a given area, what’s moving through, and of course the type and size of animals.There’s a wide variety of trail cameras available today. Most all of them can take either photos or videos day and night, are motion-activated, and are waterproof. The right camera for you depends on how often you want to, or will be able to, access the camera itself, the quality of the images, and the cost—the easier to access the images and the higher the quality, the more expensive the camera. Here’s a guide to choosing the best trail camera for you, based on those access and cost differences.