Maybe you're right, I'm not an expert by any means, but when I look at photos I took with a cheap digital zoom lens point & shoot camera, well over a decade ago, they look pretty good! I'd be surprised if this is as poor as you state, quality wise. I just reckon high end phone manufacturers are duping us, no way their cameras are worth such extortionate amounts 😏
Always worth checking CEX for s/hand cameras. You can get some pretty decent cameras for very little money and they offer a long warranty, 2 years I think. 'B' grade are normally pretty good.
There are certainly cases for a dedicated compact camera but not one like this which while cheap it's such a poor camera it's a waste of money. It's a much older design than it looks using a very dated 16MP CCD sensor, it's slow, its AF is unreliable, batterylife is poor and it has no image stabilisation at all. The 'electronic VR' is just marketing nonsense for it increasing the iso to boost the shutter which doesn't work well when the sensor is so bad at high iso. Even a cheap smartphone is likely to be able to get better results than this and at least a heck of a lot more convenient.
Is this a more versatile STILL camera than that in a thousand pounds iPhone 11? Tell the truth.... :p
In before the 'just use your phone' brigade: There are still use cases for a dedicated compact camera. This has a decent interface, logically arranged controls, and a smattering of image stabilization. That being said, 720p video is a bit blegh.