The best new thing about the new model is its autofocus performance, the chief beef against the E-1. We were floored by the speed of the E-3's 11-point AF system, which snapped to it in single-shot mode -- with none of the vexing searching that slowed down the E-1 -- and challenged Canon's EOS 40D in continuous-AF focus tracking when light was good. The 11 focus points are all cross-type, making them better able to lock onto both horizontal and vertical detail. The EOS 40D's nine focus points, and 15 of the 51 focus points in the Nikon D300, are also cross-type, but they're sort of bunched together in the middle of the viewfinder. The E-3's points are spread more widely and evenly, allowing it to focus off-center subjects consistently. Speaking of focus, the phenomenal pro-quality lenses Olympus is making for the E-3 are half the reason we've chosen it as Co-Advanced D-SLR of the Year. Who can argue with the range of an ultrawide rectilinear 7-14mm f/4 zoom, the equivalent, in 35mm, of 14-28mm? Or with the speed of a 14-35mm f/2, a stop faster than its popular full-frame equivalent, the 28-70mm f/2.8?