Canon makes several series of non-SLR digital cameras; each line of cameras begins with a letter-number designation. The A series is the entry-level tier; they're the least expensive but they also lag in features. The Sx00 Elph series is the most compact. The Sx series is mid-tier—larger and more powerful. The G series is the top: it has a lot of the EOS features but lacks interchangable lenses.
Got this one for a nominal amount because it was being retired by its previous owner: the LCD screen is flickering. Such is the problem with digital cameras: so many things to go wrong. I don't think many equivalent-quality film cameras would have developed problems over 5 years of similar service.
It's a nice enough camera, and if I hadn't already recently picked up a G2, I would have used this as a grab shot camera. It's smaller than the G2 and less wonky than my S500. If the G2 proves to be too cumbersome, I might still do it.
For more information: Canon Camera Museum
Camera manual: Orphan Cameras.com