Need some advise?????

I am looking to replace my canon Ixus 860 IS with a new compact camera as i have been slightly disappointed with the image quality (especially in low lighting) and the LCD screen is not as sharp amongst other things. I usually go canon, however after this 860 ixus's disapointment i would try any other make.

My budget is 250 and i am really after the BEST image quality in a compact camera
I take thousands of photos, as a hobby, on holidays and especially close up ones of my 2 yr little boy and action ones too as he is rarely still.

Again i am trying to concentrate on the best image quality above everything really.

please helppppppp

Thanks