Now digital cameras can in theory surpass film in terms of photographic output because of the level of megapixels and newly advanced processing chips.
But don't think of it in terms of simply a war between film and digital.
Remember the lens and 'shutter speed' are king no matter the format.
In a digital camera, the processor is where the shutter speed takes place. The greater the processing speed the better the shot us when capturing fast and moving objects.
The cheap film cameras many people owned couldn't handle photos with a lot of motion very well. The longer the shutter remains open, the better the resulting photograph will be when dealing with low light situations. So unless you have the film camera on a very stable tripod, the photograph will become too blurry with the inevitable shaking of the hand. While in new more advanced digital cameras are built with ever more effective light sensitive processors making low light shots manageable and clearer and easier to take.
I wish I could make myself clearer but I'm getting so frustrated typing on this iPod Touch screen. I HATE not having a computer at home!