It looks and feels real and when new, even had the slight smell of leather. After some heavy use, especially while sweating, you could tell it definetely was not real. No sweat absorbtion or staining. This is good and bad. There was some darkening of the color which added to the appeal, and the lack of staining kept the case looking nicer than it would if it was real leather. As an aside, I've had a bit of a bigger disappointment in the case not fully keeping it's snug fit. It's more loose now than it was. Not overly so and not a functional impact, but I still notice it. For the money paid, this still offers a great value. It's decent looking and does protect the camera from random scratches and light bumps.