Getting Into Camera Development

So a friend of mine is interested in getting into camera development "mainly security cameras" and he asked me where do you start?, where do you kits ( hardware and software).

frankly I have no Idea as all of the 2 kits I have were given to me. and google is not being very nice to my search results at the moment. short of spelunking around alibaba I haven't seen anything available in the US.

Any one have ideas where to get started or do you have to sign on with a manufacturer to get kits? what is the process in general ?

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