A camera is just a tool. A good photographer can get great images out of any camera regardless of the specs.
I am not sure I completely agree with you, last year at le Louvre in Paris, I spent a good one hour trying everything I could to get a roman gold bracelet trough a glass with their no-flash politic, and still could not get it focused or decently visible, then a kid pulled over with a big Nikon, spent less than 2 seconds, click-no-flash and he showed me his great picture, zooming-in showing details barely visible to the naked eye. I swear I wanted to leave my $1500 6 years old Coolpix 8800 in the trash can. I felt too cheap to deserve calling myself a photographer and I was quite annoyed by the kid.
Yes, I still got shots with it in the bright daylight that wow my friends, so you are right, it is possible. None the less, I gave this camera for free, 3 batteries, polarizer, 4 gig, the whole thing and I don't have one at the moment. I am done with low-end.
A photographer is just as good as his equipment (or lack of) allows him to be.