This is a real metal detector but not for a serious enthusiast. It will detect things an inch or two below the surface. I would say it would be better suited for children that have an interest to play with so you don't have to fork out a fortune for a high spec one and they get bored with it a month later. Still in box although it's a bit battered but the detector was used once to make sure it worked. It's just been sitting in the garage.