In this study, an impact strength measurement method based on high speed photography, that has been developed for testing porous concrete, was introduced. In the experiments, a drop weight impact test setup instrumented with a high speed camera was used. The impact strength analyses were conducted using impedance mismatch method, where the wave reverberations were investigated in detail. The measurement configuration carries the advantage of being a fast, non-contact and accurate experimental method where only the known material properties and particle velocity data of the drop weight are required. The target cementitious material itself is not actually involved in the measurements or the subsequent analyses. The method also facilitates the observation of the crack patterns throughout the experiment. The measurement method was verified to be accurate and consistent by testing different types of porous concretes and by comparing the results with those from other dynamic monitoring techniques, such as laser Doppler velocimetry and direct stress gauge measurements. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.