Yeah, I've been a photo hobbiest for a couple years now. I'm very picky when it comes to my photos.
One reason I'm so critical of my photos and other peoples photos is that I've learned a good deal about what makes a good image, and somehow I've trained my eye to spot defects.
Most cheap digicams produce photos that I find uncomfortable to look at. For one thing, they are a lot more contrasty due to a short dynamic range. IE, the point where a dark object becomes black is a lot sooner than film, where it would be a dark grey, same for highlights.
Also, I've grown a distaste for all-in-focus photos, except of course landscapes. Portraits in my opinion should only have the subject in focus, and I rarely see that in consumer level digital camera images.
One more thing that really bothers me is the fact that so many digital users are using really old cameras, like year 2000 or something, and they have horrible color, contrast, and are full of artifacts. I saw one of these on the cover of a magazine the other day and it made me cringe.
I used to like digital, until I had my film scanned. Yeah, 8mp images from a cheap scanner really opened my eyes to the world of film. As soon as I get my first paycheck I plan on buying that Minolta Scan Dual IV, as it gives 18 megapixels of 48bit color.
I've invested quite heavily in photo equiment, though a lot less than a pro. I have a professional version of Vuescan, a professional scanning software, and a home version of Neat Image, which reduces grain and scanner noise (my 8yr old scanner needs Neat Image badly
I do own the Maxxum 5, and it's a wonderfull camera. Have you ever used an SLR? It's an experience that many Digital users find quite enjoyable.
My father took two cameras to Europe with him this spring. He took his $250 Digicam and my $250 SLR w/lens. He really liked the way the SLR handled better, the instant shutter release, the bright viewfinder, and the general feel of it. There was no use in comparing the photos when he got back. The digital images just could not compete with the film SLR, or even my mother's little Canon Sureshot.
I'll have to post a comparison for you.
Edit: Here's two photos that were taken on the same day in the same location.
Minolta Maxxum 5, Fuji Superia Xtra ISO 400 film, Minolta Scan Dual (the original)