Why is the 6D considered "entry level"?

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Why is the 6D considered "entry level"?

I am a bit perplexed why, in some threads the 5D mkII (2, not 3) is being considered "pro" while the 6D is being considered a full frame "rebel" and not being given any sort of accolades, even though most people who have bought it are happy with it?

The 6D vs. 5D mkII

PROCESSOR: The 6D uses the new Digic 5 (same as the 5D mkIII) while the 5D mkII uses the old Digic 4 processor.

ISO/LOW LIGHT: The 6D has the same, if not a bit better low light/high ISO performance as the 5D mkIII, and from the samples I've seen has much nicer images at higher ISOs than the mkII.

FPS: Slam the 4.5 fps all you want, it's still faster than the mkII's 3.9.

Wifi/GPS: Built in to the 6D

BODY: The only thing plastic about the 6D is the top plate for the wifi/GPS, other than that it is made out of the same material as the 5D mkII.

FLASH: Both cameras do not have a pop up flash, which many photogs have deemed an "amateur" feature.

HDR: As primitive as it may be, the 6D does encorporate this feature, as does the 5D mkIII (it is only Jpeg though, but at least it's there)

AF POINTS: 11 for the 6D compared to 9 for the 5D mkII.

VIEWFINDER: People have slammed the 97% coverage, but the 5D mkII is only marginally better with 98%, which makes it kind of a non issue.

FOCUSING: A lot of people who own the 5D mkII have claimed the focusing a fairly slow, especially in low light. The 6D has been tested to have faster and accurate auto focusing in these areas.

It lacks in flash sync speed (1/180 vs. 1/200) and max. shutter (1/4000 vs. 1/8000), but in all honesty, would a landscape or real estate photographer care about these? Sports shooters might, but then again sports shooters would most likely go for the 7D with it's 8fps and 1/8000.

So my main point here is, why is the 6D being given the cold shoulder even though it has shown to be better feature wise, performance wise, speed wise and quality wise over the 5D mkII? Yes it retains some features of the 60D when it comes to the body buttons and stuff like that, but at the end of the day how would the 5D mkII be considered "pro" when the 6D "out pros" it in almost every category?

Can someone shed some light on this?

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