The photovoltaic performance and charge recombination characteristics of porphyrin-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) devices have been investigated using the impedance spectroscopy (IS) technique. The IS results provide key information related to the device performance for a highly efficient porphyrin dye (YD2), a reference porphyrin dye (YD0), and a commercial ruthenium dye (N719). The DSC devices constructed using YD2 and N719 dyes reach similar internal power conversion efficiencies (7.41% vs 7.54%) due to the higher injection of the YD2 dye that is compromised by a lower photovoltage. In addition, both YD2 and N719 dyes exhibit the same charge-transfer resistance, indicating that the recombination rates of both dyes are very similar. The diarylamino group plays a key role to repel the triiodide ions from the titania surface so that the charge recombination of YD2 is less significant compared with that of YD0.