September 2009, I bought a Canon PowerShot SX120 IS.
I loved it and used it a lot (it was small and always in my bag). I had a couple issues with the flash (it would stop working) but because I had bought an extended warranty, I would get it repaired for free.
The flash stopped working and I brought it in to be repaired in February 2012. I was told that it was too old and not worth fixing so I could get a replacement instead, which was the updated PowerShot. Sweet!
Or I could take the value and get a different camera (and pay any difference). The sales guy recommended that I get the Nikon Coolpix S8200 instead so that's what I did. I like it okay but once I started using it, I soon realized I missed my Canon. Plus Gord has one so when I used his, I'd wish I'd listened to my heart and gotten the Canon.
It wasn't until Gord and I took the camera course in the spring and I learned about aperture and shutter priority that I realized the Nikon doesn't have them. Up until that point, I didn't know what they were so never missed them. I've since become a big fan of shooting in aperture priority and that's all I do with my Nikon D5100.
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS. What a nice surprise! Though I thanked him for his thoughtfulness, I asked him to take it back. I gave him lots of reasons. My Nikon Coolpix works fine so it doesn't make sense to have a new camera. I said I'd taken a raincheck ... when the Nikon dies, he can then buy me a new one. We just got back from vacation and are still paying the bills on it. I said he could give me the $$ and I'll put it towards a lense for my Nikon D5100.
In the end, he wouldn't hear of it.
So I spent about an hour this evening pouring over the manual to learn more about the cool updated features.
Update: Though this camera is the updated version, there is one thing about it that really bugs me. When I need to use the flash, it sometimes takes a while for it to "charge". There is a message on the screen that actually says that it's charging. So I have to wait ... and miss the shot. I have high quality rechargeable batteries in it so it's definitely the camera. If you take a lot of pictures where you don't use the flash, it's a good camera. But if you need the flash, it's sucks :(