I couldn't find the 117 model, but I assume it would be a small step ahead of the 115, but still very similar.
Personally I would NOT want this camera because it only has 4x optical zoom, no viewfinder and has NO manual controls.
Without manual controls you are very VERY limited in what you can do, and very limited in how much you can learn from and grow with the camera. It also not possibly to attach a decent external flash, so all you'll ever have is that very inadequate little thing on the camera.
If you're happy to forever stay on Auto, take simple little snapshots and let the camera decide what to do, then you'll probably be happy enough with it, especially if you intend to only take photos in excellent light conditions - they'll turn out quite well then.
If you want to learn, improve and get creative, then this is not the right tool for you. You need something with more options and more controls.
You are looking at a VERY BASIC little P&S. If you work hard to set up your light tent (or studio) correctly, plus you know a fair bit about post processing, you'll probably get away with it. Personally I regard such a camera as a toy or an emergency backup only, but not as a serious tool.