Manual control is the key
Rather than digital vs film, I think the real distinction is between point-and-shoot against the ease of customisation that a "proper" camera gives.
I briefly dallied with a Fuji bridge camera, which incorporated the worst of all worlds - indeterminately slow shutter release, nested menu controls, an over-abundance of special modes, and an "Aperture Priority" mode which gave two stops.
An entry-level D3300* does give you PASM modes, but you're still reliant on scrolling through on-screen menus to ensure you're changing the parameter you want.
Whereas even a D200* has enough dials and customisation that you can have one dial for shutter speed, the other for aperture, and you're basically sorted. And of course, if you want snaps rather than photographic art (or you're handing the camera over to an uninterested spouse/friend), then full auto is available, and the instruction generally goes:
- Yes, you need to look through the view finder.
No, you can't display the picture on the screen and hold a kilo of camera+lens a foot away from your body. It's not comfortable.
Half-press the shutter button [yes, that button there, just under your index finger], wait for the beep, squeeze until it clicks
Yes, it is a satisfying clunk isn't it?
* Other makes are available, but I grew up with a Nikon, so everyone else's focus rings Go The Wrong Way.