Yeah, the cat and dog modes seem a bit ridiculous to me, and "hand-held starlight" is a bad joke. I suspect they included that just to have an excuse to put a hand held up like a "STOP!" sign in front of the star and crescent moon on the mode wheel.
The camera automatically copies its user manual in disc-munching .pdf format onto any computer to which it's connected, and the manual says this:
Auto Release: When your pet (cat or dog) turns its head towards the camera, its face is recognized and the picture is taken automatically.
No love for hamsters.
Registering one touch white balance
Select [ One Touch 1] or [ One Touch 2], face the camera toward a piece of white paper or other white object, and
press the button.
● The camera releases the shutter and the white balance is registered. When the white balance was previously
registered, the registered data is updated.
● The registered white balance data will not be cleared by turning off the power.
● Perform this procedure under the light where the pictures will be actually taken.
● When the camera settings are changed, the white balance must be registered again.
I think maybe I'll do better if I take plain white paper out with me, get a "white balance" under a floodlight and then move into the dark to get the sky shots.
So, yes, it can crop and rotate pictures, make panoramic images, record video, recognise cats and dogs, use a TV as its interface via HDMI, fix red-eye, add sparkle to teeth and show you the aperture, exposure time and ISO number for each image it's taken, but it can't be told what shutter speed and aperture to use, can't be told at what distance to focus and can't make a decent cup of tea.
For the price difference between this and a good DSLR, I can get myself a really good telescope on a tripod, aim it in front of Jupiter, line the camera up through the eyepiece and wait for the Earth's rotation to frame my picture.
Oh, Willie McBride, it was all done in vain.