Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

A new Olympus compact camera has leaked ahead of its official release at CES 2011 next week, along with details on a new range of Sony shooters. The Olympus XZ-1, so 43rumors sources say, has the same 1:1.63 size 10.1-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic LX5 but paired with a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.

Meanwhile, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony will bring along compact cameras capable of 1080p60 recording in AVCHD format, while contrast auto-focus is tipped to be as fast as that on the Panasonic LUMIX GH2. In fact, the new models are expected to focus in just 0.1s.

Among the new Sony cameras will be a Cybershot DSC-HX1 successor together with a range of new Bloggie cameras with larger displays. There'll also be 3D-capable models. Sweep Panorama and AVCHD are both tipped to make the transition to the compact range from Sony's NEX line-up.

Finally, Panasonic will apparently out a range of new S-series compacts, including the DMC-S1 and DMC-S3. No specs, but there's also talk of the Panasonic DMC-TS3, Panasonic DMC-FH2 and the Panasonic FH5.