Also, if you review the previous pages of this forum you'll find several references to other cams people have tried.
Since there have been many people making home-made trail-cams for several years now and they all seem to pick the same cams, that's probably a good indication that the Owls and Infinity Jr are good choices.
There are probably 2 or 3 other cams on the market that would be as easy as the Canon Owls and the Olympus Infinity Jr, but it gets sort of expensive to keep buying cams on speculation.
Maybe you could ask people at the various photography newsgroups to test their Point&Shoot cams to try and determine if they'll work as trail-cams. Since this can be an involved process, probably not many people will be willing...but it can't hurt to try!
Is there an easy way to check these cameras or does a guy need to disect one to find out??
I've thought about emailing camera companies but I'm not sure how or what to ask them to make myself clear on what we need.
My only drawback to using the owls is I would like a little more compact camera since I have some cases that would fit a slightly smaller camera...but I have 3 owls just because I know they work.
That seems like a good list, Tinhorn. The only other thing I like to have in a camera is the date imprint. The Owl PF is so popular because it accomplishes all of these and also has a very strong flash (a definate bonus). I just wish it didn't have that 1 or 2 second delay that you mentioned.