Sony plans to begin selling smartphone cameras, with an eye on signing up Apple and other smartphone manufacturers as clients, reports the Nikkei. Sony currently handles camera modules that combine image sensors, lenses and circuit boards, but these are supplied to group firms and only a few units are sold to outside companies. It plans to grow monthly production from around 1 million units to more than 10 million units at its Chinese factory in two or three years, with this product expected to help turn around the electronics business. Although Sony has not disclosed prices for its image sensors, it will likely be able to charge more for camera modules. Sony has already made preparations for outside sales of camera modules. In April, it transferred about 100 design and development personnel from a technology centre in Kanagawa Prefecture and elsewhere to a site in Kumamoto Prefecture that plans production processes. The company aims to cut the development period for camera modules by half.