Nikon D3S has a 12.0MP Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Expeed processor. On the other hand, Canon 1D C has a 18.0MP Full frame (36 x 24 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Dual Digic 5+ processor. Canon 1D C's sensor provides 6MP more than Nikon D3S's sensor, which gives a significant advantage in real life. You can print your images larger or crop more freely.
On the other hand, please keep in mind that Max sensor resolution is not the only determinant of resolving power. Factors such as the optical elements, low pass filter, pixel size and sensor technology also affects the final resolution of the captured image.
Below you can see the D3S and 1D C sensor size comparison.
Nikon D3S and Canon 1D C have almost the same sensor size so none of them has any significant advantage over other in providing control over depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture.